Question: How to create unique distinct year and months from a long date listing (column A)?
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Answer:

The formula in cell C2 extracts unique distinct months and years from column A.

Update! 2017-08-23, a smaller easier regular formula:

=TEXT(LOOKUP(2,1/(COUNTIF($D$1:D1,TEXT($A$2:$A$135,"MM-yyyy"))=0),$A$2:$A$135),"MM-yyyy")

You can also easily extract a unique distinct list of dates with a pivot table:

Discover Pivot Tables – Excel’s most powerful feature and also least known

A pivot table allows you to examine data more efficiently, it can summarize large amounts of data very quickly and is very easy to use.

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Array formula in C2:

=TEXT(INDEX($A$2:$A$135, MATCH(0, COUNTIF($C$1:C1, TEXT($A$2:$A$135, "mmm-yyyy")), 0)), "mmm-yyyy") + CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER

copied down as far as needed.

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Download excel tutorial file

unique distinct year and month.xls
(Excel2007  Workbook *.xlsx)

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Functions in this article:

INDEX(array,row_num,[column_num])
Returns a value or reference of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column, in a given range

COUNTIF(range,criteria)
Counts the number of cells within a range that meet the given condition

MATCH(lookup_value;lookup_array; [match_type])
Returns the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value

TEXT(value, format_text)
Converts a value to text in a specific number format

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