Format Function with Dates VBA

How to use the FORMAT Function with Dates in VBA. Working with dates in Excel is useful, important and confusing. Dates are formatted in Excel using month/day/year format. If you use another formatting like day/month/year, transfer of data from worksheet to worksheet, workbook to workbook or from user-form to worksheet can be confusing. The date formatting function can bring some sanity into the process also during calculations using functions like datediff. Watch the video below:

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Format Function with dates VBA
Format Function with dates VBA

Here’s the complete VBA code:

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
Dim date1 As Date, date2 As Date
Dim erow As Long

date1 = Format(TextBox1.Text, “dd-mm-yyyy”)
date2 = Format(TextBox2.Text, “dd-mm-yyyy”)
If date1 > date2 Then
MsgBox “The start date cannot be greater than the end date!”
Exit Sub
End If

TextBox3.Text = DateDiff(“d”, date1, date2)

erow = Sheet1.Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).Row
Cells(erow, 1) = date1
Cells(erow, 1) = Format(Cells(erow, 1), “Long Date”)
Cells(erow, 2) = date2
Cells(erow, 2) = Format(Cells(erow, 2), “Long Date”)
Cells(erow, 3) = TextBox3.Value

End Sub

Further reading:

How to use the FORMAT Function with Dates (VBA)

Datediff function in user-form


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Dinesh Kumar Takyar

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One thought on “Format Function with Dates VBA”

  1. Hello Sir,
    please explain about Arabic date also
    I want to highlight values > 1438

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