Microsoft Excel makes it easy to count the number of full days between two specific dates. You can use either an arithmetic operator or an Excel function to do that. We’ll show you both ways.

## Find the Number of Days Between Dates With Subtraction

To know how many days there are between two days with the – (minus) sign method, first, open your spreadsheet with Microsoft Excel.

We will use the following spreadsheet which has both a start date and an end date:

It should happen automatically, but make sure the text for your dates is formatted as date values.

In your spreadsheet, click the cell in which you want to display the answer. This cell will show the number of days between your specified dates.

In your selected cell, type the following formula and press Enter. In this formula, replace `C2` with the cell where you have your end date, and replace `B2` with the cell where you have your start date.

`=C2-B2`

And instantly, you will see the answer in the cell where you typed the formula.

You’re all set. Did you know that in addition to subtracting dates, you can also add dates together in Excel?

## Calculate the Days Between Two Dates With the DAYS Function

Excel’s `DAYS` function is dedicated to finding the number of days between two dates. It effectively performs the same calculation that the subtraction method does, so it’s up to you which method you use.

To use this function, open a spreadsheet with Microsoft Excel. In the spreadsheet, click the cell in which you want to display the answer.

In your selected cell, type the following function and press Enter. In this function, replace `C2` with the cell where you have your end date, and replace `B2` with the cell where your start date is.

`=DAYS(C2,B2)`

If you’d like to use the dates directly in the function, you can do so. In this case, in the above function, replace `C2` with the end date and `B2` with the start date. Make sure to add double quotes around each date.

Like this:

`=DAYS("27/7/2021","25/3/2021")`

And immediately, Excel will tell you the number of full days between your specified dates.

Now that you know this, you might also want to learn how to calculate someone’s age in Excel. It’s equally easy to do that.

Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who specializes in writing how-to guides. He has been writing tech tutorials for over a decade now. He’s written for some of the prominent tech sites including MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Online Tech Tips.