VBA - working with data videos | Excel VBA Part 58.10 - SQL for Excel Files - Date Expressions

Posted by Andrew Gould on 06 June 2021

This video teaches you how to write calculations with dates in your SQL queries for Excel files. You'll learn how to format dates using the FormatDateTime and Format functions, how to extract parts of dates using the Year, Month, MonthName, Day, Weekday, WeekdayName and DatePart functions and how to create a date from other values using the DateSerial and DateValue functions. You'll also learn how to create calculations based on the current date using the Date and Now functions, how to calculate past or future dates using the DateAdd function and how to calculate the difference between dates using the DateDiff function.

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This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Date Expressions.xlsm Excel workbook with macros The query code
Movies.xlsx Excel workbook The source data

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