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I'm not sure where to start with this. I want to create a column in Excel that will essentially simplify another column. I have a column of dates with month, day, year, and a time. I want to use a formula to search for the year and then output that year into a new column. I am using Excel 2013 for this.

Something like IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("%2011%,A1)), "2011", "??").

Except I'd like the formula to be able to incorporate outputting 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016 if that year is found instead.

Where do I start on this? is it even possible?

Thank you

  • is that column formatted as date? if yes, then you can simply use YEAR(), if not, do you have a fixed format? please post some sample data to help us understanding your issue. – Máté Juhász Apr 10 '17 at 14:21
  • The data wasn't in a date format but its easily converted into one. An example is: "06/25/11 12:00 AM." Edit: I didn't know of the year function..that worked perfect. Thank you! Can you post that as an answer so I can accept it? – JackOfTales Apr 10 '17 at 14:29
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If your data is stored as date (number) then you can use YEAR() function.

If it's stored as text, then DATEVALUE() function may help.

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