The Excel Year function returns an integer representing the year of a supplied date.
The syntax of the function is:
where the serial_number argument is the date that you want to return the year of.
Note that Excel recommends that dates should be supplied to functions as either:
Column B of the following spreadsheet shows the Excel Year function, used to extract the year from three different dates.
Further information and examples of the Excel Year function are provided on the Microsoft Office website.
The result of your Year function looks like a date (e.g. "01/01/1900"), instead of returning an integer.
This problem is most likely to be because the new cell or column is formatted as a 'date'. In this case, it is only the formatting of the cell that is wrong, NOT the value returned by the function.
The easiest way to correct this is to select the General formatting option from the drop-down format menu of the Excel ribbon. This is generally located in the 'Number' group, on the Home tab of the ribbon (see below):