# How to Create a Day Countdown in Excel (2 Examples)

### Example 1 – Use the TODAY Function to Create a Day Countdown in Excel

Here is a common template of the TODAY formula. We’re going to make a countdown for the Summer Olympics 2024 starting on 26th July.

Steps:

• In cell C3, put the starting date of the Summer Olympics 2024.

• In cell B4, put the following formula.
`=C3-TODAY()`

• Press Enter.

• From the Home tab, go to the Number Format dropdown and choose the General format.

• The Date format is changed to the General format.

• We changed the starting date to the Long Date format to make it more reader-friendly.

### Example 2 – Create a Day Countdown in Excel Using the NOW Function

• In cell B4, input the following formula and press Enter.
`=ROUNDUP(C3-NOW(),0)`

Explanation:

The ROUNDUP function rounds up a fractional number to the next integer. It takes two arguments-=ROUNDUP(number, num_digits)
We put C3-NOW() as the number argument of the ROUNDUP function. We used 0 as num_digits as we don’t want any fraction number of days but rather a rounded-up number in the display.

If we normally used the function without the ROUNDUP function, the output would look like this.

After converting the format of the output cell to the General format of the output, it would return a fraction of the number of days left to start the event.

Read More: How to Calculate Remaining Days in Excel

## Notes

If the event passes, the countdown will start displaying a negative number. For example, we can see a countdown for Copa America 2021 that ended 266 days before the date of writing this article.

• To avoid this and show 0 instead of the negative number of days, we need to use the MAX function.
`=MAX(0,C3-TODAY())`

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