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# Excel formula to find out if Dates in 3 columns are the same?

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I am using `Excel 2016` and my workbook has a table with 3 dates columns as follows:

``````Date1          Date2          Date3
2016-03-20     2016-03-20     2016-03-20
2015-05-01     2015-05-01     2015-05-04
``````

All 3 columns have been formatted as ‘`YYYY-MM-DD`

I want to add a new column that will check if cell A2=B2=C2
The above formula works with numbers but not with these dates. What is the `Excel` formula to do this?

How to&Answers:

This should work:

``````=AND(A1=A2,A1=A3)
``````

The idea is that if A1 is equal to A2 and A1 is equal to A3, then all 3 are equal.

If you want to show `False` for empty cells, then this check would be ok:

``````=AND(A1=A2,A1=A3,A1<>"")
``````

`=A2=B2=C2` does not work at all, because `A2=B2` is evaluated to `True` or `False` and then True or False should be equal to `C2`, which would not produce the expected result.