Tip of the week # 442
16 February 2015

Save time entering dates (Microsoft Excel)

If you enter a date in an Excel worksheet, do you type the year as well? If so, you might like to know that if the date is in the current year you can save yourself some time. Also, if you normally type the leading zero to get, say, 01/03/2015, there is even less for you to type.

Here's how:

  1. Type, say, 1/3.
  2. Press ENTER. Excel assumes you're entering a date and typically formats it to, say, 1-Mar. If you don't like the default date format, you can quickly reformat it to, say, 01/03/2015 or 1 March 2015.

Here's how:

  1. Select the cell(s) you want to reformat.
  2. Click on the Number Format drop-down list on the Home tab in the Number group.
  3. Select Short Date or Long Date.
Finally, have another look at tip_358.php for tips on how to enter the current date and/or time into a worksheet.