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How to create a shortcut to today's date in Excel

If you're like most people, you probably have to enter the current date into Excel on a regular basis. Whether you're tracking data over time or just need to know what day it is, manually entering the date can be a pain. Fortunately, there's a quick and easy way to create a shortcut to today's date in Excel so that you can insert it with just a few clicks.

To create a shortcut to today's date in Excel, first open up a new workbook. Then, click on the cell where you want to insert the date and type =TODAY(). This function will insert the current date into the cell. You can then format the cell to display the date in the format that you want. For example, if you want the date to appear as mm/dd/yyyy, you would select the cell and then click on the "Number" tab in the "Format Cells" dialog box. Then, select "Custom" from the list of options and type in mm/dd/yyyy in the box next to it. Click "OK" to apply the changes.

Now, every time you want to insert the current date into a cell, all you have to do is click on the cell and type =TODAY(). The date will be inserted automatically. This can save you a lot of time if you have to enter the date frequently.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using this shortcut. First, the date will only be updated when the workbook is opened. So, if you leave the workbook open for a week and then come back to it, the date will still be the same. If you need the date to be updated every time the workbook is opened, you can use the =NOW() function instead. This function will insert the current date and time into the cell, and the date will be updated every time the workbook is opened.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the date format will be based on the regional settings on your computer. So, if you're in the United States, the date will be displayed as mm/dd/yyyy. But if you're in another country, the date format will be different. For example, in the United Kingdom, the date format is dd/mm/yyyy. So, if you're sharing a workbook with someone in another country, you may want to specify the date format that you want to use to avoid any confusion.

You can also use the =TODAY() function to insert the date into a formula. For example, if you're tracking how many days it's been since a certain event, you could use the following formula: =TODAY()-date of event. This would give you the number of days that have passed since the event occurred. You can also use the =TODAY() function in other formulas to calculate things like the number of days until a certain date or the number of days that have passed since a certain date.

Overall, the =TODAY() function is a great way to quickly insert the current date into a cell in Excel. It's easy to use and can save you a lot of time if you have to enter the date frequently. Just keep in mind that the date will only be updated when the workbook is opened, and the date format will be based on your computer's regional settings.

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