Excel Tip Tuesday: Using Date Formulas

Posted by Lisa on August 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Excel IconAre you constantly updating and changing the date on your reports? Just because time keeps going by doesn't mean that you should have to do a bunch of manual changes (or worse...forget to do them). There are several different date functions built to save you time.

TODAY: If you just need the current day's date, use the super straightforward TODAY function. Here’s an example:

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By clicking fx - here and in other formulas, too - you can pull up the Function Arguments box for more detail about what the selected formula is doing. In this case, no arguments are required or even allowed.

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EOMONTH: The EOMONTH function is used to calculate and present the last date of the month, like this:

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Again, by clicking fx you can see the Functions Arguments available and the results. Notice that, when you select the 'Months' field, Excel displays some help to guide you with the arguments:

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So what if you need the date in the title of the report combined with other text? No problem. Just combine the formulas together.

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However, remember that date formulas return the serial number of the date. So you will need to nest it with a TEXT function to format it in the most readable fashion. Don't know how to do that? Give us a call or get in touch through email and we'll show you.

Leave us a comment and let readers know what Excel tips you use on a daily basis.

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