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I am trying to take the name of a month, such as October and turn that into the corresponding number for that month 10. Past making a long formula that checks for each month by string, and without using apps script to create a custom function (not reliable enough).

How would I do this?

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If cell A1 contains the name of the month, then the command

=month(datevalue(A1&" 1"))

returns the number of the month. It appends a day to the month (1), so that datevalue can parse the date; then month returns the month number.

  • Nice! Does this work in locales that format dates differently? – Jerry101 Oct 25 '15 at 4:11
  • Datevalue takes locale and language into account when parsing strings. But I think that October 1 is unambiguous... assuming English language, which is given in the problem. To have completely self contained solution, I would use a helper table and Vlookup function. – user79865 Oct 25 '15 at 4:29

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