# How to Use Formula for Past Due Date in Excel (3 Methods)

To demonstrate how to use formulas for due dates, we’ll use a dataset containing data titled Project Name and Deadline.

## How to Use a Formula for Past Due Date in Excel: 3 Ways

### Method 1 – Using the Excel TODAY Function in Conditional Formatting for Past Due Date

Steps:

• Select all the cells containing dates. We have selected cells C5:C11.
• Choose Home from the ribbon.
• Select Conditional Formatting and New Rule.

• A dialog box will appear. Choose Format only cells that contain from Select a Rule Type.
• For the Format only cells with, select Cell Value andÂ less than
• Insert =TODAY()Â in the textbox.
• Select Format.Â

• Another dialog box will appear named Format Cells. Select the Fill tab and choose a color.
• Press OK.

• Press OK again.

• The formula will be applied and past due dates will be identified.

Read More: How to Pull Data from a Date Range in Excel

### Method 2 – Applying Excel IF and ISBLANK Functions for Past Due Date

Steps:

• Select the cell D5 and input the following formula:
`=IF(ISBLANK(C5),"", IF(C5<TODAY(),"Delayed","On Time"))`

The ISBLANK Function is used to check if the selected cell is blank or not. A condition is applied using IF Function which gives the Delayed output for value lower than today compared with the selected cell value and On Time output for the rest.

• PressÂ Enter.

### Method 3 – Using Excel Combined Functions for Past Due Date

Steps:

• Insert the following formula in D5 to check cell C5’s due date:
`=IF(MAX(0,TODAY()-C5)=0,"On Schedule","Due")`

The MAX Function returns the largest value and ignores the empty cells. A condition is applied here using IF Function, where the function will output On Schedule or Due if today’s date is higher than the comparison cell.

• Press Enter.

• For AutoFill, use the Fill Handle.

## Practice Section

Use the practice workbook to practice, inputting your own values.

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1. Dear Sir,
Hope you are doing well can you help me?
Please tell me formula What can i use for alert in excel.
1) How do I create a pop up alert in Excel?
2) How do I blink or flash text of a specific cell in Excel?

• Dear ATEEB,
How to create a pop-up alert in Excel

To create a pop-up alert in Excel, you can use a combination of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code and Excel’s event triggers. Here’s an example code snippet that you can use:

Copy and paste this code into the sheet module (e.g., press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor, find the relevant sheet in the Project Explorer, and double-click on it to open its code window). Replace “\$A\$1” with the cell reference that should trigger the alert.

``````Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
If Target.Address = "\$A\$1" Then ' Change the cell reference to the desired cell triggering the alert
MsgBox "Alert: Cell A1 has been changed!" ' Customize the alert message as needed
End If
End Sub``````

Customize the alert message within the MsgBox function to suit your requirements. After changing cell A1, the alert message will appear.

How to blink or flash text of a specific cell in Excel

Excel does not provide a built-in feature to directly make text blink or flash. However, you can achieve a similar effect by using VBA code to toggle the cell’s font color.
In the following code, we’re toggling the font color between red and black for the specified cell (in this case, cell A1). Adjust the cell reference and customize the number of blinks and the timing (in seconds) to meet your specific requirements.
Here’s an example code snippet that demonstrates this:

``````Sub BlinkText()
Dim rng As Range
Set rng = Range("A1") ' Change the cell reference to the desired cell to blink
For i = 1 To 5 ' Number of times to blink
rng.Font.Color = RGB(255, 0, 0) ' Change font color to red
Application.Wait Now + TimeValue("00:00:01") ' Wait for 1 second
rng.Font.Color = RGB(0, 0, 0) ' Change font color back to black
Application.Wait Now + TimeValue("00:00:01") ' Wait for 1 second
Next i
End Sub``````
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2. I HAVE INVOICE DATE. I WANT TO CALCULATE THE DUE DATE AS 45 DAYS FROM THE INVOICE DATE AND WANT TO MENTION WHETHER IT IS OVERDUE OR NOT IN a SEPERATE COLUMN

Lutfor Rahman Shimanto Feb 22, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Hi Sandhya,

You can add 45 days with the invoice date and use it as a replacement for TODAY() in any of the formulas from above. Or, you can use a simple IF formula.
Here is an example, the invoice date is in cell C13. Use the formula: `=IF(C5>\$C\$13+45,"Overdue","Not Overdue")`

Make sure to use the correct reference style if you intend to drag the fill handle.

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