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How to quickly insert current date with specific date format in Excel?

When we operate a worksheet, we usually need to quickly insert some dates with specific date format in Excel. But it is troublesome for us to insert them manually. Today, I will introduce you some quick tricks to deal with this problem.

Quickly insert current date with Formula

Quickly insert current date with keyboard Short Cut

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arrow blue right bubble Quickly insert current date with Formula

We can quickly insert the current date with TODAY function. Please do as follows:

1. Specify a cell that you want to insert the current date.

2. Input the formula =TODAY() into the cell.


3. Press the Enter key. And the date of today has been inserted.


Note: With this function, it continually updates itself every time a worksheet is recalculated.

arrow blue right bubble Quickly insert current date with keyboard Short Cut

If we want to insert the date so that it will not change, we can try using the keyboard short cut.

1. Click one cell that you need to insert the current date.

2. Press and hold down the Ctrl key and tap the semicolon key ( ; ) on the keyboard. And then the date of today will be inserted into the cell.

With the above two methods, you can just only insert the current date, if you want to change the format of the date, you should use the cell format to change it. But with Kutools for Excel, you can easily and quickly insert the current date or the date with specific date format.

arrow blue right bubble Quickly insert current date with specific date format with Kutools for Excel

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

1. Select a cell that you want to insert the date.

2. Click Kutools > Insert Tools > Insert Date, see screenshot:


3. In the Insert Date dialog, select current date and double click it and it will be inserted into your specific cell. See screenshot:


If you need to insert current date with a specific format, please check Using format option, and it will expand a list box with multiple date format. Choose one date format you like, and double click the current date form the left calendar, and the date of today with a formatting has been inserted. See screenshot:


Know more about this Insert Date function.

Related article:

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

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