Excel: Display Current Date and Time in Spreadsheet

Before you start...

You may find it appropriate to insert the current date and/or time in an Excel file and have it continually update so that these items always display when you open the file.

In Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013:

  1. Click the "Insert" tab > Click [Header & Footer] in the "Text" group. 
  2. Under the "Design" contextual tab, click [Current Date] or [Current Time] in the "Header & Footer Elements" group. 
  3. Click outside the header or footer to display.

In Excel 2003:

  1. Select the cell where you wish to place the date.
  2. Go to "Insert" > "Function."
  3. Choose "Date & Time" from the "Select a category" dropdown list.
  4. Under "Select a function," scroll and select "TODAY."
  5. Click [OK]. A "Function Arguments" dialog box will open; however, no arguments are needed for this function.
  6. Click [OK].
  7. Today's date will display.

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