# Finding the beginning and ending dates of months using the EOMONTH function

Since there is no consistent length for a month (they range from 28 to 31 days), new Excel users often struggling with finding the beginning and ending dates of a given month in Excel using formulas. But it turns out that there's a fairly easy solution to their problems: the

## Finding the end of a month using EOMONTH

In its most basic form, the

=EOMONTH (start_date ,months )

That may sound a little confusing at first, but things will quickly become clear once we take a look at some examples:

=EOMONTH ("5/6/2019" ,0 )

Output:5/31/2019 , or serial number43,616

Above, since

If we wanted to find the last day of the following month, we would do it like so:

=EOMONTH ("5/6/2019" ,1 )

Output:6/30/2019 , or serial number43,646

Since we've changed the

Note that we can also use a negative

=EOMONTH ("5/6/2019" ,-1 )

Output:4/30/3019 , or serial number43,585

## Finding the first day of a month

In many cases, you may want to find the first day of a month, rather than the last, in Excel. For example, let's say that we want to find the first day of the month in which the date

The answer is simple: we use math! There is no beginning-of-month function built into Excel, but we can build our own proxy by finding the end of the prior month using the formula above and then adding one day. For example:

=EOMONTH ("5/6/2019" ,-1 ) + 1

Output:5/1/2019 , or serial number43,586

Above, to find the first day of the month in which

We can also use the same trick to find the first day of the month following the current date, like so:

=EOMONTH ("5/6/2019" ,0 ) + 1

Output:6/1/2019 , or serial number43,617

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