Excel DateAdd Function: Add or Subtract Days from a Date

The Excel DateAdd function is used to perform some interesting date arithmetic. You can use it for example to add or subtract days from a date you are working with.

The Basics:

interval, number, date)

Interval= The frequency type that you want to work with. For example if we want to work with years we would use the ‘yyyy’ attribute. If we want to work with weeks we would use the ‘ww’ attribute.

Number = The values that we want to add or substract

Date = The date that we are working with

Now let’s look at an example. Let’s assume that we have a date value of 1/1/2010 and we want look at the following scenarios, namely:


What is the date if we add a year


What is the date if we subtract a week


What is the value if we added 25 days




Dim DateToProcess As Date’Variable to hold the date value

DateToProcess = ActiveSheet.Cells(2, 1).Value’Assign the date value to our variable

‘Now let’s add a year

ActiveSheet.Cells(6, 1).Value = DateAdd(“yyyy”, 1, DateToProcess)

‘Subtract a week

ActiveSheet.Cells(8, 1).Value = DateAdd(“ww”, -1, DateToProcess)

‘Now let’s add a year

ActiveSheet.Cells(10, 1).Value = DateAdd(“d”, 25, DateToProcess)