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

Determining the Month of the Year

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 15, 2016)


When creating macros in VBA, you may have a need to know the specific month of the year, as represented by a particular date. For instance, you may want to determine the month in which the macro is being executed. The following code will do the trick:

iMonth = Month(Now())

The Month function returns an integer value representing the numeric month of whatever date you provide. In this example, the Now function represents today's date, and so Month returns the current month, as a value ranging from 1 to 12.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12343) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Determining the Month of the Year.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2016-10-22 11:22:28

Alice Walton

Allen, I subscribe to Word tips and Excel tips for the ribbon, but did not get either, today Saturday Oct. 22, 2016. So somewhere between Wyoming and Virginia Beach, VA something went wrong. Could you please make sure that I am still subscribed to both and re-send. Thank you for your assistance.

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