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How to insert current date and time in Excel cell/header/footer?

In some cases, you may want to insert current date and time into your active worksheet cell, header or footer. You can choose to type it manually, but Are there any tricks to handle with this task beside manual method in Excel?

Insert current date and time in cell with formula

Insert current date and time in header/footer by Page Setup function

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You can use formula to insert current date and time into a cell.

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1. Type this formula =NOW() into it a cell, and press Enter, and the current data and time are inserted in the cell.

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If you want to insert current date and time into worksheet’s header or footer, you can go to Page Setup dialog.

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1. Click Page Layout tab, and click the Anchor at the bottom-right corner of Page Setup group. See screenshot:

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2. In the Page Setup dialog, click Header/Footer tab, then select Custom Header or Custom Footer as you need. See screenshot:

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3. Then place the cursor at Left sections or Center sections or Right sections as you need, and click Insert Date button to insert date first, then type a space and click Insert Time buttons to add current time. see screenshot:

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4. Click OK > OK. Then the current date and time are inserted in header/footer.

Tip: Shift the Excel view with clicking the View > Page Layout (or clicking Page Layout view icon on the Status bar), you will see the current date and time in the header/footer.


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Is there any quick way to insert current date and time or other workbook’s information in cell, header, or footer? If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its Insert Workbook Information utility to insert current date and time or other information into cell, footer or header.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

Click Enterprise > Workbook > Insert Workbook Information. See screenshot:

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In the Insert Workbook Information dialog, do as below:

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A: Select the information you want to insert.
B: Select the location you want to place the inserted information.
C: If check Header or Footer option, you can choose the specific location, such as left header, center header or right header.

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