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How to insert current date and time in Excel?

Do you need to display the current date and time automatically no matter when you open the workbook or recalculate in formulas? You can insert a dynamic time to get it. And this article is going to show you how to insert all kinds of current time in cells, including the current year, current month, current date, current weekday, and current time, etc.

Insert current time in cell with formulas

Insert current time in cells with keyboard shortcuts

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Insert current date and time with specific formatting:
With Kutools for Excel’s Insert Date feature, you can quickly insert current date or any other date with specifc data formatting into the cell as you need.
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We can apply functions to insert all kinds of current time in cells directly.

Insert current Timestamp in cell with formula

Sometimes you may need to insert a timestamp in cells for any other purpose, such as making an expenses report, exercise schedules in Excel.

Just enter the formula of =Now() in a blank cell, and press the Enter key, it will show the current timestamp in the cell, see screenshot:

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Insert current Date in cell with formula

You may require a current date in cells. For example, you design an invoice form, you need the date automatically change and show as the data that you make the invoice.

Just enter the formula of =Today() in a blank cell, and press the Enter key. And now it shows the current date as follows:

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Insert current Year in cell with formula

Sometimes it only requires a dynamic current year in cells, so you can enter the formula of =YEAR(TODAY()) in a blank cell and press the Enter key. Then it displays the dynamic current year in the cell.

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Insert current Month in cell with formula

If the dynamic current month is required, you can enter the formula of =MONTH(TODAY()) in a blank cell, press the Enter key, and get the current month in cell.

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Insert current day of week in cell with formula

The formula of =TEXT(NOW(),"dddd") can help you get the dynamic current weekday in cells quickly.

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You can insert current time and current date in cells quickly with keyboards shortcuts.

Select a blank cells, and press the Ctrl key and ; key together, and it displays the current date in the cell.

If you press the Ctrl key, Shift key, and ; key together, it displays the current time in the cell.

Please note that the current time inserted with keyboard shortcuts is not dynamic, and it won't change when the real time changes.


arrow blue right bubble Insert current date and time in cells header or footer with Kutools for Excel

Sometimes, you want to insert the current date and time, file path, filename, user name or other workbook information into cell, header or footer, please, don’t worry, Kutools for Excel’s Insert Workbook Information can help you insert these information quickly and easily.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:( Free Download Kutools for Excel Now )

1. Click Enterprise > Workbook > Insert Workbook Information, see screenshot:

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2. In the Insert Workbook Information dialog box, choose the information that you want to insert, and then specify the location where you want to insert at, see screenshot:

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3. After specify the operations, please click Ok button, and your needed information has been inserted into the cell, header or footer as you want.

Click to know more about this Insert Workbook Information utility.

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    Sandeep · 4 years ago
    I Require Date & time
    When the Insart Any Number in cell A1 Then Auto generated Date Time on B1.
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    Jamie T · 5 years ago
    I require to insert ONLY the time..... NO date.....

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Dynamic Time
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    dipin das · 5 years ago
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