The function TODAY is another popular and useful function Excel offers. This tutorial shows how to use the TODAY function if you need to incorporate the information on the current date, day or month in an Excel spreadsheet. And there’s more to that! You can use the function to calculate various time ranges. Get ready to see all this in today’s tutorial!
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First, we’ll see how we can use the function TODAY to include the current date anywhere in a spreadsheet. Select a cell to display the current date and click into it. Type in the equal sign and carry on typing TODAY. Excel will suggest the function, so confirm it, close brackets, hit Enter and that’s all it takes!
You see the current date in the selected cell. Excel automatically formatted the cell as Date. If you’d like to change the date format to the one that is more suitable for you, right-click on the cell, select ‘Format Cells’ from the panel of options that opens up, and choose the date format you need.
Apart from the current date, the TODAY function can show which day of the month it is, and it will do so using numbers. Let’s click into the cell we selected to display the final value, type in the equal sign, but here we’ll go a slightly different way.
We’ll enter the function DAY and then we can use the possibility of a nested function and include the function TODAY within the DAY function. This way Excel will extract the information on the day with the DAY function using the current date from the TODAY function. We close the brackets of the function TODAY and then add the closing bracket of the function DAY.
Now press Enter and let’s see what we’ve got there! There’s a result, but it shows in some confusion format. That’s definitely not what we want.
To see the result in the right format, we need to change the cell formatting to ‘General’ or ‘Number’. After setting up the correct format, Excel shows the information on the current day as a number.
This function works similarly with the month and it displays the information on the current month as a number, too. Let’s click into the selected cell one more time, enter the equal sign and the function MONTH. Within this function, we’ll enter TODAY as a nested function. The number of the current month will be extracted from TODAY function just as the current day was in the previous case.
Again, that doesn’t look quite right. We’ll change the formatting of this cell to ‘General’ and here we go! The result shows correctly now!
And let’s have a look at our final example. We can use this function to calculate what the exact date will be fourteen days from today. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually child’s play.
Again, let’s start with the equal sign in the selected cell, type in TODAY and carry on adding a plus sign with the number 14, which is the number of days we need to add to today’s date.
Press Enter and the cell shows the date that will be in the calendar in two weeks’ time.
The same way you can subtract a number of days from a current date or find out how to calculate age using a date of birth. You can find the link in the list below.
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