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MS Excel: TODAY Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel TODAY function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel TODAY function returns the current system date. This function will refresh the date whenever the worksheet recalculates.


The syntax for the TODAY function in Microsoft Excel is:


Parameters or Arguments

There are no parameters or arguments for the TODAY function.

Applies To

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

  • Worksheet function (WS)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel TODAY function examples and explore how to use the TODAY function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

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The spreadsheet will continue to display this value, until the worksheet recalculates. By pressing the F9 key, you can force the worksheet to recalculate and the TODAY function will update its value.