Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Macro for Month Name.

Macro for Month Name

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 21, 2017)

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Brian is looking for a macro that returns the full name of the current month, such as July, August, etc. Before getting to the macros, it should be mentioned that depending on your needs, you can get the desired information with one of several formulas. Perhaps the easiest formula is the following:

=Today()

Place the formula into a cell, and you end up with today's date. Format the cell using a custom format, and you end up with the full month name. The custom format is applied by using these steps:

  1. Select the cell containing the formula.
  2. Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click the small icon at the lower-right corner of the Number group. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Number tab is displayed.
  5. In the list of format categories, select Custom. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Number tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  7. In the Type box, enter mmmm.
  8. Click OK.

Another formulaic approach is to use the following in a cell:

=Text(Today(),"mmmm")

No special formatting is required; the formula returns the text of the full month name for whatever today is. Finally, you could use an even longer formula that simply picks the month name from a list of months:

=CHOOSE(MONTH(NOW()),"January","February",
"March","April","May","June","July",
"August","September","October","November",
"December")

Remember that this is a single formula; it goes all in one cell.

Which brings us, finally, to the macros. If you want a macro that returns the month name in the current cell, you are looking for a user-defined function:

Function MonthName()
    Application.Volatile
    MonthName = Format(Date, "mmmm")
End Function

This simple two-line macro dynamically returns the month name for whatever the current date is. Just put this formula in a cell:

=MonthName()

Remember—since you've just added a macro to your workbook, you'll be asked whenever you open your workbook if you want to enable macros. If you don't want to see this question all the time, you should use one of the formulaic approaches presented earlier.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12447) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Macro for Month Name.

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2020-09-19 11:52:33

Rick Rothstein

For those who might find this interesting, there is a simple way to get the Month name from the month number in both VBA and via Excel formula.

In VBA this is dirt simple as there is a function for it... MonthName (figures, right?). Simply pass the number in and the function returns the full name. There is an optional Boolean argument that when set to True returns the abbreviated month name instead.

Now for the Excel formula (cell A1 is assumed to contain a number between 1 and 12)...

=TEXT(28*A1,"mmmm")

You can also use 29 in place of the 28 and it will still work. Both of those numbers will work correctly in the 1904 date system as well. If you never work in the 1904 date system, you can also use 30 in place of the 28 and that will also work.


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