How to calculate how many days left to or passed from the specific date in Excel

Excel 2016
For some projects or tasks, you might need to calculate how many days, months or years left to some date or how many days, months or years passed from some date till today. Excel proposes very useful formula that can help you to calculate that very fast.

The formula DATEDIF calculates days, months or years between two dates:

= DATEDIF (<start date>, <end date>, unit)

The parameter unit can be:

  • "D" - The number of days between to dates.

For example:

  • To calculate how many days left to the date:

    = DATEDIF (<start date>, TODAY(), “d”)

    Number of days left to some date in Excel 2016

    Notes:

    1. You can use a simpler formula that yields the same result:

      = TODAY() - <start date>

    2. The formula TODAY() calculates current date. Sure, you can enter the specific date to calculate the differences, see Calculating the Number of Days between two dates.
  • To calculate how many days passed from the date:

    = DATEDIF (TODAY(), <end date>, “d”)

    Number of days passed from some date in Excel 2016

    Note: You can use a simpler formula that yields the same result:

    = <end date> - TODAY().

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