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.
How to copy an example
- Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
- Select the example in the Help topic.
Note Do not select the row or column headers.
Selecting an example from Help
- Press CTRL+C.
- In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
- 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.
||Number of days from current date to end of 2007 (Varies)
||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.