How to Sort Dates By Month and Day Only on Excel
Sorting Dates in Excel by Month and Date 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.