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## TODAY function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is TODAY function in Excel? TODAY function is one of  Date and Time functions in Microsoft Excel that returns the serial number of the current date. The serial number is the date-time code used by Excel for date and time calculations. If the cell format was General before the function was entered, Excel changes the cell format to Date. If you want to…

## How to calculate next day of week in Excel

To return the next specific day of week (i.e. the next Wednesday, or Friday, or Monday) with a given start date, you can use a formula based on the WEEKDAY function. Formula =date+7-WEEKDAY(date+7-dow) Explanation  In the example shown, the formula in D6 is: =B6+7-WEEKDAY(B6+7-2) Where B6 contains the date Friday, January 16, 2015, and 2 represents Monday, the “dow”. The result is Monday, January…

## How to calculate next scheduled event in Excel

To get the next scheduled event from a list of events with dates, you can use an array formula based on the MIN and TODAY functions to find the next date, and INDEX and MATCH  to display the event on that date. Formula {=MIN(IF((range>=TODAY()),range))} Note: this is an array formula and must be entered with Control + Shift + Enter. Explanation In…

## Count dates in current month in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Count dates in current month in Excel using example below. To count dates in the current month, you can use a formula based on the COUNTIFS or SUMPRODUCT function as explained below. Formula =COUNTIFS(range,”>=”&EOMONTH(TODAY(),-1)+1, range,”<“&EOMONTH(TODAY(),0)+1) Explanation In the example shown above, the formula in E7 is: =COUNTIFS(dates,”>=”&EOMONTH(TODAY(), -1)+1,dates,”<“&EOMONTH(TODAY(),0)+1) Where “dates” is the named range B5:B104. How this…

## Get age from birthday in Excel

This tutorial shows how to get age from birthday in Excel using example below. If you need to calculate a person’s age from their birth date, you can do so with the YEARFRAC, INT, and TODAY functions. As stated in the formula below, birthdate is the person’s birthday with year, and TODAY supplies the date on which to calculate age.…

## Steps to create Dynamic calendar grid in Excel

This tutorial show how to  create Dynamic calendar grid in Excel using the example below. You can set up dynamic calendar grid on an Excel worksheet with a series of formulas, as explained in this article. Explanation of how this formula works In the example shown, the formula in B6 is: =start-CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(start),0,1,2,3,4,5,6) where “start” is the named range K5, and contains the date…

## Dynamic date list in Excel

This tutorial show how to Dynamic date list in Excel using the example below. To create a dynamic date list, you can use a formula that increments a start date to create and display additional dates.  Formula =start+ROWS(exp_rng)-1-offset Explanation of how this formula works In the example shown, the formula in B5 is: =start+ROWS(\$B\$5:B5)-1-offset where “start” is the named range G4, and “offset” is…

## Display the current date and time in Excel

This tutorial show how to Display the current date and time in Excel using the example below. If you need to display the current date and time in a worksheet, you can use the NOW function. The date and time will update whenever the worksheet is recalculated or opened. Formula =NOW() Explanation of how this formula works The NOW function takes…

## Display the current date in Excel

This tutorial show how to Display the current date in Excel using the example below. If you need to display the current date in a worksheet, you can use the TODAY function. This date will update whenever the worksheet is recalculated or opened.  Formula =TODAY() Explanation of how this formula works Simply enter the formula above in an empty cell in…

## Display Days until expiration date in Excel

This tutorial show how to Display Days until expiration date in Excel using the example below. To calculate the days until an expiration date, you can use a simple formula based on the TODAY function. Formula =A1-TODAY() Explanation of how this formula works In the example shown, the formula in C6 is: =B6-TODAY() Dates in Excel are simply serial numbers. In…

## Display Date is same month in Excel

This tutorial show how to Display Date is same month in Excel using the example below. To test two dates to see they both have the same month, you can do so with a simple formula that uses the MONTH function.  Formula =MONTH(date1)=MONTH(date2) Explanation of how this formula works In the example shown, the formula in cell D6 is: =MONTH(B6)=MONTH(C6) In…

## Get days between dates in Excel

To calculate the number of days between two dates you can simply subtract the older date from the newer date. The result will be an integer that represent the days between dates. Formula =later_date-earlier_date Explanation In the example shown, the formula in D6 is: =C6-D6 The result is 365, since there are 365 days between 1/1/1999 and 1/1/2000. Note: make…

## Get days before a date in Excel

To calculate the number of days before a certain date in Excel, you can use subtraction and the TODAY function. See example below: Formula =date-TODAY() Explanation In the example, D5 contains this formula: =B4-TODAY() How this formula works In Excel, dates are simply serial numbers. In the standard date system for windows, based on the year 1900, where January 1,…

## Get first Monday before any date in Excel

To find the first Monday before any date you can use a formula based on the WEEKDAY function. Formula =date-WEEKDAY(date-2) In the example shown, the formula in C6 is: =B5-WEEKDAY(B5-2) Explanation If you imagine you have any random date and want to look back in time to find the nearest Monday, you can see that you will need to “roll…

## Calculate retirement date in Excel

If you need to calculate retirement date in Excel, then this tutorials is for you. To calculate a retirement date based on a birth date, you can use the EDATE function. See example below; Formula =EDATE(A1,12*60) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in D6 is: =EDATE(C6,12*60) How this formula works The EDATE function is fully automatic, and will return a date xx months…

## Calculate days remaining in Excel

If you need to calculate the days remaining from one date to another, you can use a simple formula that subtracts the earlier date from the later date. See example below; Formula =end_date-start_date Explanation In the example shown, the formula in D5 is: =C5-B5 How this formula works Dates in Excel are just serial numbers that begin on January 1,…

## Excel Data validation date in specific year

Using the example below, this tutorial shows how to create  Data validation date in specific year in Excel. Formula =YEAR(A1)=2016 Explanation Note: Excel has several built-in data validation rules for dates. This page explains how to create a your own validation rule based on a custom formula in case you want or need more control and flexibility. To allow a user to…

## Excel Data validation date in next 30 days

Using the example below, this tutorial shows how to create Data validation date in next 30 days in Excel. Formula =AND(A1>TODAY(),A1<=(TODAY()+days)) Explanation Note: Excel has several built-in data validation rules for dates. This page explains how to create a your own validation rule based on a custom formula when you want more control and flexibility. To allow only a date in the next…

## Highlight dates in the next N days in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Highlight dates in the next N days in Excel  using the example below; Formula =AND(A1>TODAY(),A1<=(TODAY()+days)) Explanation If you want to highlight dates that occur in the next N days with conditional formatting, you can do so with a formula that uses the TODAY function with AND. This is a great way to visually flag things…

## Conditional formatting date past due in Excel

This tutorial shows how to work Conditional formatting date past due in Excel using the example below; Formula =A1<TODAY() Explanation To highlight dates that are “past due” you can use a conditional formatting and a basic formula to check whether each date is less than today. In the example shown, conditional formatting has been applied to the range C5:C12 with this formula: =C5<TODAY()…

## Invoice status with nested if in Excel

This tutorial shows how to calculate Invoice status with nested if in Excel using the example below; Formula =IF(balance=0,”Paid”,IF(current_date<due_date,”Open”,”Overdue”)) Explanation To determine invoice status (i.e. paid, open, overdue), you can use a nested IF formula and the TODAY function. In the example shown, the formula in G5 is: =IF(F5=0,”Paid”,IF(TODAY()<C5,”Open”,”Overdue”)) How this formula works Note: the “current date” (i.e. today) for this example…

## How to enter Today’s Date or Static Date and Time in Excel

To enter today’s date in Excel, use the TODAY function. To enter the current date and time, use the NOW function. To enter the current date and time as a static value, use keyboard shortcuts. Today and Now 1. To enter today’s date in Excel, use the TODAY function. Note: the TODAY function takes no arguments. This date will update automatically when you open…

## How to Calculate Age in Excel

To calculate the age of a person in Excel, use the DATEDIF function and the TODAY function. The DATEDIF function has three arguments. 1. Enter the date of birth into cell A2. 2. Enter the TODAY function into cell B2 to return today’s date. 3. The DATEDIF function below calculates the age of a person. Note: fill in “y” for the third…

## How to calculate number of Days until Birthday

To calculate the number of days until your birthday in Excel, execute the following steps. 1. Enter the date of birth into cell A2. 2. Enter the TODAY function into cell B2 to return today’s date. 3. The most difficult part in order to get the number of days until your birthday is to find your next birthday. The formula below does the trick. Explanation:…