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Learn how to use the Excel FILEDATETIME function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel FILEDATETIME function returns the date and time of when a file was created or last modified.


The syntax for the Microsoft Excel FILEDATETIME function is:

FileDateTime ( file_path )

Parameters or Arguments

file_path is the path to a file name that you wish to retrieve the created or last modified date for.

Applies To

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

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

Type of Excel Function

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

  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as VBA Function)

The FILEDATETIME function can be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

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

FileDateTime("C:\instructions.doc") would return 6/1/2004 7:40:18 PM
FileDateTime("H:\Documents\Supplies.xls") would return 7/3/2004 3:12:14 PM

For example:

Dim LResult As Date

LResult = FileDateTime("C:\instructions.doc")

In this example, the variable called LResult would now contain the create or last modified date for the instructions.doc file.