I have a Google Spreadsheet that I'm querying and the date is set as dd/mm/yyyy.

How can I query between the start and finish (ref cells) of each month, so the query only returns dates between the ref cells.

This is what I was trying to re-code:

=QUERY('Calculated Pay [view]'!B1:B1000,”select * where B>=date”””&text(A2,”dd/mm/yyyy”)&””” and B<=date”””&text(B2,”dd/mm/yyyy”)&””””)

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QUERY expects dates to be in yyyy/MM/dd format:

=QUERY('Calculated Pay [view]'!B1:B1000,"select * where B >= date '"&TEXT(A2,"yyyy-MM-dd")&"' and B <= date '"&TEXT(B2,"yyyy-MM-dd")&"'")

  • sorry says parameter 2 is wrong :/ Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 16:35
  • Are you able to enter into a spare cell a formula that just returns the query string, and post the output here? ie ="select * ..."
    – AdamL
    Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 19:13
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    sorry, tried that but didnt know how to get a result. this is the answer from hovering over #VALUE. Unable to parse query string for Function. QUERY parameter 2: Invalid date literal [2014/08/01]. Date literal should be of form yyyy-MM-dd. does that mean the dates being formatted backwards? Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 12:26
  • Oh gosh, I'm really sorry, as per the error message you quoted, the date format requires hyphens, not slashes. Answer edited. Truly a derp moment.
    – AdamL
    Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 20:18

Might be easier to add a column C with a formula such as:


and apply a simplified query such as:

=query('Calculated Pay [view]'!B1:C1000,"Select B where C ='s' ")
  • should that be B1 then B2? in the if. i cant work out what your asking it Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 16:36
  • with your solution i get results but for july, not august. i thought changing the -1 to 1 or 0 might work....didnt :/ Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 12:18
             "select count(AE)/count(Z)
              where Z>date'"&I6&"' 
              and Z<=date'"&J6&"' AND W='"&B7&"' 
              label count(AE)/count(Z)''")*100-100, 2) & "%"
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    Some explanation on what's going on here would make this a better answer.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 16:55

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