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How to insert current day or month or year into cell in Excel?

When you want to quickly insert the current month or current date in Excel, how can you insert? The following method will help you quickly insert current month or date into a cell, or into header/footer of worksheet.


Insert current year, month or date by formulas and hotkeys in Excel

In Excel, you can insert current year, month, date, and timestamps with formulas easily.

Take inserting current month for example, please type the formula =MONTH(TODAY()) in the cell you want to insert current month and press Enter.

  Formula  Formula returns
Insert Current Month =MONTH(TODAY()) 8
Insert Current Month =TEXT(TODAY(),"MMMM") August
Insert Current Year =YEAR(TODAY()) 2015
Insert Current Date =TODAY() 2015/8/20
Insert Current date and time =NOW() 2015/8/20 9:41

Hotkeys can also help you insert current date and time easily:

(1) Press CTRL+ ; keys to insert current date.

(2) Press CTRL+ ; to insert the current date first and release the keys, then press Space button to insert a space, at last press CTRL+SHIFT+; to insert the current time.

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Insert current year, month or date with special date formatting

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, its Insert Date utility can help you quickly insert current month or date with various date formatting with just several clicks in Excel.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as following steps:

1. Select a cell that you want to insert current year, month or day, and click the Kutools > Insert > Insert Date, see screenshot:

2. In the Insert Date dialog, check the Using format option, and then double click a date formatting in the right pane. See screenshot above:

Now current date is inserted into active cell with the specified date formatting.

Note: By default current date is selected in the calendar in the Insert Date dialog box. If you need to insert other date, you need to select the date in the calendar firstly.

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Insert Current date and time in cell/header/footer with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, its Insert Workbook Information utility enables you to insert current date and time into cell/header/footer easily. Please do as follows:

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1. Click the Kutools Plus > Workbook > Insert Workbook Information.

2. In the opening Insert Workbook Information dialog box, check the Current date and time option, in the Insert at section specify a position, and click the Ok button. See screenshot above:

Then current date and time is inserted at the specified cell, header, or footer at once.

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Demo: insert current day, month, or year into cell/header/footer in Excel


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How to add '0' if month/date is less than 10. Ex: =MONTH(TODAY()) is result '3' But i want 03 -Jayadev
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="0" & MONTH(TODAY())
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Sorry, i forgot to reply once i got the answer. Final formula i used is: =IF(MONTH(TODAY())
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ups less than 10... =IF(MONTH(TODAY()) < 10, "0" & MONTH(TODAY()), MONTH(TODAY()))
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how the next formula works in microsoft office 2007 =DAYS(TODAY();"31/12/14") this formula works normally in office 20013 but no 2007. I want to calculate the number of days that passed from a set date. Thank
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Thanks dear , your suggestion was helpful. Solved my purpose perfectly.
God bless you.
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I am trying to use this function to return values for projected month sales. I have tried to use this formula to return a value for two months past the current month but it is only returning the value for Dec when Nov is the current month rather than January. Can somebody please help? =VLOOKUP(MONTH(current_date+2),MA_Prod_Forecasting,5)
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year(today()) formula return a date in 1905... Send Help!
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#1: Check your machine date #2: check =TODAY()
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[quote]#1: Check your machine date #2: check =TODAY()By Jayadev BS[/quote] ^^ this returns the correct date but I still have the issue with =year(today()) it returns a full date but in 1905 (eg. 07/08/1905)
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how do I get Current Month and Year in the same cell =TEXT(TODAY(),"MMMM") August =YEAR(TODAY()) So using the Above how would I get December, 2016 format?
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=CONCATENATE(TEXT(TODAY()," MMMM"), ", ", YEAR(TODAY()))
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thanks a lot..this formula works exactly what we need
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This formula worked great, but one question how would I adjust this formula to show the previous month and year instead of the current month and year.=CONCATENATE(TEXT(TODAY()," MMMM"), ", ", YEAR(TODAY()))
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Instead you can simply
=TEXT(TODAY(),"MMM,YYYY")
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=+TEXT(TODAY(),"mmm")&"-"&(YEAR(TODAY()))
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HOW DO I GET THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND YEAR IN THE SAME CELL
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Hi,
=YEAR(TODAY())&"/"&(MONTH(TODAY())-1)

This formula will return year and previous month in the formatting of “2017/8”
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Hi all, I need a formula to COUNT all the records from previous months and years from a single column source. Can someone please help me for this?
For Example, I have dates in A column, but I want to get the COUNT not sum, of the only dates which are from previous month or year.
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Hi,
The topic of this article is about inserting the current date, month, or year.
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how to get current month only in header/footer
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No normal ways can get current month in header or footer in Excel. But VBA can:

Sub add_date_header()
ActiveSheet.PageSetup.CenterHeader = Format(Date, "mmmm")
End Sub
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=TEXT(MONTH(TODAY()),"mmmm") gives me January, although it is now February. What is wrong with this formula?
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Take MONTH out of the formula:
=TEXT(TODAY(),"MMMM")
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I want to insert the month based on cell A2 along with a text string.
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In EXCEL 365, I want to insert the month based on cell A2 along with a text string in the header.
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Hi Larry,
Do you want to extract the month name from Cell A2 which is filled with date and text string? Or extract month name from Cell A2 and output the month nae and text string together?
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