Re: Name of the month by date [Formula]

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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast


Is there a formula that pics the name of the month by date. We have built a system where we manage our project invoicing. We send our customers an invoice on a monthly basis based on the work completed, but we try to forecast the billing months by recording the assumed billing month for the project part. So, Airtable should understand that the (billing) month is a date field (billing predictability), but the option value should be the name of the month



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To convert a date to a month name, use the DATETIME_FORMAT() function with the MMMM format specifier.


Hi @kuovonne, thanks for your reply :slightly_smiling_face:
Do you know how I could add the year, after your fomula with the month ?

So I could convert : 2021-05-11
To May 2021 for exemple

Thanks ! :slightly_smiling_face:

You can include the format specifier for the year.


Sorry for the late reply, I missed it ! Thanks for your reply ! :slightly_smiling_face:

By chance, maybe you could help me with another little issue :

When I use this formula and group my row by date (with the month and year), Airtable sort the date in alphabetical order, and not Chronologic order.

Screenshot 2021-05-31 at 08.27.30

Do you know if there is a way to sort by chronologic order, to have :
January 2019
February 2019

January 2020

Thanks !

Im interested to know also

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

I ran into the same issue, so I concatened the month number with the month:

Thank you so much for answering this question! Just wondering what I would add to this formula to leave it blank if there’s no date selected, rather than returning an #ERROR? Thank you


Thank you! Really appreciate your quick help :slightly_smiling_face:

Ok, so it worked for one field that had the simple formula as above, but how would I add it to this formula so it doesn’t return ERROR when the Date/Time field is empty? Thank you! :slightly_smiling_face:

{Event Name} & " - " & DATETIME_FORMAT(SET_TIMEZONE({Date & Time}, ‘Australia/Brisbane’), “DD/MM/YY”)

It depends on what you want to have instead of the date. Here is one way.

    {Event Name},
    " - ",
        {Date & Time},
        DATETIME_FORMAT(SET_TIMEZONE({Date & Time}, 'Australia/Brisbane'), "DD/MM/YY"),
        "no date"

Thank you! That worked perfectly! I just changed “no date” to “Date TBA.”

Also @kuovonne, I posted a question on a feed that was a couple of years old that you had also been helping on, not sure if you’ve seen it, but if you have a moment I’d really appreciate your input since you’ve been so helpful and your explanations are really easy to follow.

Thank you! :slightly_smiling_face:

8 - Airtable Astronomer
8 - Airtable Astronomer

I actually group first by Month number, and then by month name, which worked great for me :).

I'm struggling with a similar issue. I have the below formula. everything works, except, air table will not interpret the outcome as a date and will not sort logically (by month) but by alphabet. 

MONTH({Due Date}) < MONTH(TODAY()),
{Payed?} = FALSE()),

 hope someone can help with this!

thx in advance