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TODAY Function In Excel

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This tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel TODAY Function in Excel to get the current date.

TODAY Main Function

TODAY Function Overview

The TODAY Function Returns the current date.

To use the TODAY Excel Worksheet Function, Select cell and Type:

today formula syntax

(Notice how the formula input appear)

TODAY Function syntax and Inputs:

Insert Today’s Date

The TODAY Function insert’s today’s date:


This is different than the NOW Function which will insert today’s date and time:


You can learn how to format Today’s date by reading our Format Dates article.

By adding 1 to the TODAY Function you can get tomorrow’s date:


Or by using the EDATE Function you can jump months ahead or backwards:


Today’s Day Number

Use the DAY Function to get today’s day number:


Today’s Month

Or use the MONTH Function to get today’s month:


(Click the MONTH Function link to learn about how to display the month name instead of number)

Today’s Year

Or use the YEAR Function for today’s year:


Today’s Weekday Number

You can also use the WEEKDAY Function to calculate Today’s day of the week (1-7):

TODAY weekday

(Click the WEEKDAY Function link to learn about how to convert the weekday number to the weekday name)

Today’s Week Number

Or the WEEKNUM Function to calculate today’s week number of the year:

TODAY week number

TODAY in Google Sheets

The TODAY Function works exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel:

TODAY Google sheet