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MS Excel: DATE Function (VBA)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel DATE function (in VBA) with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel DATE function returns the current system date. Please note that the worksheet version of the DATE function has different syntax.


The syntax for the DATE function in Microsoft Excel is:


Parameters or Arguments

There are no parameters or arguments for the DATE function.

Applies To

The DATE function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The DATE function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as VBA Function)

The DATE function can only be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

Let's look at some Excel DATE function examples and explore how to use the DATE function in Excel VBA code:

Result: '22/11/2003'   (your answer will vary)

For example:

Dim LDate As String

LDate = Date

In this example, the variable called LDate would now contain the current system date.