Notice: This website is an unofficial Microsoft Knowledge Base (hereinafter KB) archive and is intended to provide a reliable access to deleted content from Microsoft KB. All KB articles are owned by Microsoft Corporation. Read full disclaimer for more details.

XL: How to Display the Current Date and Time with Text


View products that this article applies to.

Summary

You can enter the current date and time as text by using the TEXT function with the TODAY or NOW functions. For example, to display
Today is 2/18/98
where 2/18/98 is the current date, use the following formula:
="Today is "TEXT(TODAY(),"m/d/yy")
NOTE: You can substitute the NOW function for the TODAY function in the preceding formula to display the date and time or just the time (depending on the number format that you specify).

You can also display
Today is 2/18/98
and preserve the value of the date as a serial number rather than converting it to text.

To display the current time, use the following formula:
=NOW()-TODAY()
This formula updates each time the sheet is calculated.

↑ Back to the top


More information

The TEXT() function converts a value to text in a specified number format.

To display the following text
The current date and time is 2/18/93 5:57 PM
use this formula:
="The current date and time is "&TEXT(NOW(),"m/d/yy h:mm AM/PM")
To display the following text
The current time is 5:57 PM
use this formula:
="The current time is "&TEXT(NOW(),"h:mm AM/PM")
If you want a linked formula in a chart to display this information but you do not want to open the file, use the TEXT() function.

To display the time but preserve the value as a serial number, follow these steps:
  1. Select the cell that you want to format.
  2. On the Format menu, click Cells, and then click the Number tab. In the Category list, click Custom.
  3. In the Type entry box, type Today is (enclosed in quotation marks and with one space after "is") immediately followed by the date format that you want to use (for example, m/d/yy, or d/mmm/yy), and then click OK.
  4. In the formatted cell, type =TODAY().
The cell displays
Today is m/d/yy
where m/d/yy is the current date and is displayed in the format that you selected in step 3. The value of the date is stored as a serial number.

↑ Back to the top


Keywords: KB214093, kbhowto, kbdta

↑ Back to the top

Article Info
Article ID : 214093
Revision : 4
Created on : 1/24/2007
Published on : 1/24/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 37