Count days before a date

Let's say you want to find out how many days there are between two project dates or find out how many shopping days there are before a holiday. To count the days before a date, you can use the TODAY function.


The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

ShowHow to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

 Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

Selecting an example from Help
  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
  3. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
Formula Description (Result)
=A2-TODAY() Number of days from current date to end of 2007 (Varies)
=A2-A3 Number of days from 6/1/2007 until the end of 2007 (214)


  • In the first formula above, the current date used is taken from the system clock.
  • In the last formula above, to view the date as a number, select the cell and click Cells on the Format menu. Click the Number tab, and then click Number in the Category box.

Function details


Applies to:
Excel 2003