# How to Enter Date and Time in Excel: 8 Quick Methods

### Method 1 – Keyboard Shortcuts to Enter Current Date & Time in Excel

Steps:

• Enter the date, and select cell B5.
• Hold the Ctrl (control) key on the keyboard.
• While holding down the Ctrl key, press the: (colon) key.

• We want to insert the time.
• Go to cell C5.
• Holding down the Ctrl & Shift key, press the â€˜:â€™ key on the keyboard.
• See the Date & Time in cells B5 & C5 respectively.

### Method 2 – Apply Excel TODAY Function to Insert Current Date

We have a dataset (B4:C5) in Excel. We will use the TODAY function in Excel to insert the current date in cell B5. The steps to do so are below.

Steps:

• Select cell B5.
• Insert the current date enter the following formula in cell B5:
`=TODAY()`
• Press the Enter key.
• See the result in cell B5.

### Method 3 – Insert Both Date & Time in Excel Using NOW Function

Use the NOW function to add both Date & Time in Excel. We will apply this function in cell C5 of the dataset (B4:C5) below. Follow the steps below.

Steps:

• Go to cell C5.
• Get the current date & time, type the formula in this cell (C5):
`=NOW()`
• Press the Enter button to get the current date & time.
• See the result in cell C5.

### Method 4 – Automatically Enter Date & Time with Circular References Trick in Excel

Steps:

• Go to the File tab.

• Click on Options.

• The Excel Options window will appear.
• Select Formulas from the left sidebar of the window.

• Go to the Calculation options section.
• Put a tick mark in the Enable iterative calculation box.
• Click OK.

• Select cell C5.
• Apply the circular references trick, type the formula below with the IF function and the NOW function:
`=IF(B5<>"",IF(C5<>"",C5,NOW()),"")`

• Press the Enter key.
• Drag the fill handle to copy the formula to cell C7.

• Get the dates & times in the desired formatting; first, select the range B5:C7.
• Right-click on the selection.
• Click on Format Cells.

• The Format Cells dialog box will pop up.
• Go to the Number tab > Category > Date > Type > Select the type you want > OK.

• Select cell B5 and enter any data (Data 1).

• After pressing the Enter key, you will find the corresponding current date & time in cell C5.

• When you input any data in cell B6, you will get the date & time of inserting the data.

• You can enter the current dates & times by inserting any data using the circular references trick (see screenshot).

### Method 5 – Excel VBA for Entering Date & Time Automatically

Steps:

• Right-click on the desired worksheet tab (VBA) located in the bottom of the Excel sheet.
• Click View Code.

• The VBA code window will open.
• Enter the following VBA code in the window:
``````Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim aInt As Integer
Dim aStr As String
Dim bStr As String
On Error Resume Next
aStr = "B"
abStr = "C"
If (Not Application.Intersect(Me.Range(aStr & ":" & aStr), Target) Is Nothing) Then
aInt = Target.Row
Me.Range(abStr & aInt) = Format(Now(), "mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss")
End If
End Sub``````

• Go to the Run tab and click on Run Sub/Userform.

• A window named Macros will appear.
• Type any name (VBA) in the Macro Name box.
• Click Create.

• Go to Run > Run Sub/UserForm.

• After entering any data (Data 1) in cell B5, get the corresponding date & time in cell C5.

• You can enter the current dates & times in cells C6 & C7 by entering the data in cells B6 & B7 (see screenshot).

### Method 6 – Enter Date & Time in Excel by Forming a Custom Function

Steps:

• Right-click on the sheet tab (Custom Function) > View Code.

• The VBA code window will open.
• Select the desired sheet for inserting the code.
• Right-click on the selected sheet (Sheet6) > Insert > Module.

• Insert the following VBA code in the blank VBA code window.
``````Function Timestamp(Reference As Range)
If Reference.Value <> "" Then
Timestamp = Format(Now, "dd-mm-yyy hh:mm:ss")
Else
Timestamp = ""
End If
End Function``````

• Insert the custom function, select cell C5 > type the following formula:
`=Timestamp(B5)`

• Press Enter.
• Drag the fill handle to copy the formula to the desired cell (C7).

• Get the date & time, input any data (Data 1) in cell B5.

• After pressing the Enter key, you will find the date & time in cell C5.

• Get the date & time of cell C6 after entering the data in cell B6.

• Find the date & time in cell C7.

### Method 7 – Get Date & Time Using Power Query Tool

Steps:

• Transform our dataset (B4:B8) into an Excel Table.
• Select the range B4:B8 > Data tab > Get & Transform Data group > From Table/Range.

• Create Table window will pop up.
• Put a tick mark in the My table has headers box.
• Click OK.

• The Power Query sheet will appear.
• Add a new column for inserting the dates & times.
• Go to the Add Column tab > Custom Column.

• The Custom Column window will appear.
• Select the box of the New column name and enter any name (Time of Entry) as you wish.
• Get the date & time, assign the following formula in the Custom column formula box:
`= DateTime.LocalNow()`
• After inserting the formula, click OK.

• A new column named Time of Entry will be added beside the Name column with the entry dates & times for the students.

• You can extract the dates from this new added column.
• Select the Time of Entry column > Add Column tab > Date > Date Only.

• A new column named Date will be added with the dates only.

• For extracting the times from the Time of Entry column, select the entire Time of Entry column > Add Column tab > Time > Time Only.

• A new column named Time will be added containing only the times.

### Method 8 – Enter Date & Time in Excel with Power Pivot

Steps:

• Go to the Power Pivot tab.
• Click on Add to Data Model.

• Create Table window will appear.
• Check the My table has headers box.
• Click OK.

• Power Pivot for Excel sheet will open with a newly added column named Add Column.

• Select the first cell of the Add to Column.
• Find the dates & times, type the formula below:
`=NOW()`

• Press the Enter key to get the dates & times.
• See the final result in the screenshot below.

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