# How to Sort Dates By Month and Day Only on Excel

## Sorting Dates in Excel by Month and Day Only

**Sort Dates By Month And Day (Ignoring Year) (Excel 365, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003) **

Do you want to learn how to sort dates by month and day only, while ignoring the year? For example:

- May 1, 2013
- May 2, 1999
- May 3, 2005

There may be times when you want to sort dates by month and day while ignoring the year. For example, if you want to group anniversary dates such as clients, birthdays, etc.

By default, when you sort dates in a column, they are sorted by year, month, and day. If there are dates from multiple years and you want your data arranged by month instead while disregarding the year, there is no obvious solution.

Here's the work-around solution I use. There are are other ways to do this (as is the case with most things in Excel) but this one is quick and simple:

- Insert a blank column next to your Date column.
- Assuming your first date is in cell A4, in the blank column, enter the formula: =TEXT(A4,"MMDD")
- Copy this formula down to the bottom of your data.
- Sort your data on this column.

And, done! Your dates should now be sorted by month and day only on your spreadsheet.

If you want to change the format of your origfinal dates (Column A in this example) so that the year isn't showing, you can simply select the dates then press CTRL+1, select the Number tab, click Custom in the categories list and enter a format code in the Type field.

For example: m = 2, mm = 02, mmm = Feb, mmmm = February, d = 1, dd = 01, ddd = Thu, dddd = Thursday. Therefore, 'mmm d' will display Jan 2 instead of 02-Jan-62.

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Dear All,

I am having huage database with Date of birth of each person, Now I want to extract the all members names whose date of birth falls in the specified month from the Drop down list.

I can use filter, which is so easier to done the above thing.. but i want to try in this way..

plz help..

Thanks in Advance!!

VASU

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how about for dates before 1900, which I guess are not really in DATE format

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When I try to sort this data it forces me to sort AtoZ instead of "smallest to largest" like I would think it should for numbers. What am I doing wrong?

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no...the formula is applied, but the computer still sorts the new column on the basis of year, as it is stored in memory...HELP!

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Thanks for sharing. But one more thing what does the word TEXT mean in the formula

Yes - any help for dates pre-1900? I'm trying to build an #onthisday spreadsheet

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