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Excel Formula calculate days remaining from today

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-07-13

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Sometimes, you may want to know how many days remaining until expiration from today of each food product. In Excel, there is a formula that can help you to quickly get the remaining days.

If you want to follow along with this tutorial, please download the example spreadsheet.
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Generic formula:

MAX(0, exp_date - TODAY())


Exp_date: the date that you count days until.

Return value

This formula returns a positive numeric value or zero.

If the expiry date is earlier than today, the formula returns zero, or it returns a positive whole number.

How this formula work

Here in cells B3:B5 list expiration dates, to calculate the days remaining today, please use the formula:


Press Enter key to get the result.
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Drag autofill handle to fill cells with this formula.
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TODAY function: Get the date of today.

MAX function: Get the maximum value from given range or array.


If you want to calculate the days remaining from a specific date, you can change the general formula to

MAX(0, date- exp_date)

Supposing there is a table, B9:B11 contains expiration dates, C9:C11 are the specific dates you want to count remaining days until. Please use below formula:


Press Enter key to get the result, then drag auto fill handle to the cells you need.
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