How to Calculate a Future Date in Excel (With Examples)


You can use the following formulas to calculate a future date in Excel:

Method 1: Calculate Future Date by Adding Days

=A2+50

This particular example will return the date that is 50 days after the date in cell A2.

Method 2: Calculate Future Date by Adding Business Days

=WORKDAY(A2, 50)

This particular example will return the date that is 50 business days after the date in cell A2.

Method 3: Calculate Future Date by Adding Months

=EDATE(A2, 3)

This particular example will return the date that is 3 months after the date in cell A2.

The following examples show how to use each method in practice with the following list of dates in Excel:

Example 1: Calculate Future Date by Adding Days

We can type the following formula into cell B2 to return the date that is 50 days after the date in cell A2:

=A2+50

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:

Excel calculate future date by adding days

Each cell in column B displays the date that is 50 days after the corresponding date in column A.

Example 2: Calculate Future Date by Adding Business Days

We can type the following formula into cell B2 to return the date that is 50 business days after the date in cell A2:

=WORKDAY(A2, 50)

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:

Excel calculate future date by adding business days

Each cell in column B displays the date that is 50 business days after the corresponding date in column A.

Note: You can find the complete documentation for the WORKDAY function in Excel here.

Example 3: Calculate Future Date by Adding Months

We can type the following formula into cell B2 to return the date that is 3 months after the date in cell A2:

=EDATE(A2, 3)

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:

Excel calculate future date by adding months

Each cell in column B displays the date that is 3 months after the corresponding date in column A.

Note: If the formula returns a numeric value, then you will need to click the Number Format dropdown menu on the Home tab along the ribbon and then click Short Date to format the number as a date.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel:

How to AutoFill Dates in Excel
How to Group Data by Month in Excel
How to Calculate the Difference Between Two Dates in Excel

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