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Hi there. I need a column to automatically calculate the numbers of days from a start time to today's date.

Solved by T. F. in 16 mins

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User
03/06/2018 - 05:21

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Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:21

Hi! How are you?

User
03/06/2018 - 05:21

Good thank you. How are you?

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:21

I'm good, thanks for asking. :)

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:22

To confirm my understanding - you need to calculate for difference of an identified date to today's date expressed in "days". Is this correct?

User
03/06/2018 - 05:22

correct

User
03/06/2018 - 05:23

but i would also like to know how long the match length is in years

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:24

Sure. Could you see the updated columns (C and D) on the document preview?

User
03/06/2018 - 05:25

yes this is how I would like it to look. Could you please give me a step by step guide on how to do this?

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:25

sure

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:25

one moment please

User
03/06/2018 - 05:25

sure

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:27

So in cell C2, which is the adjacent cell to the first date in column B (10/22/14) - you enter the formula =DATEDIF(B2,TODAY(),"Y")

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:27

The DATEDIF function is composed of three parts - 1) Start Date = B2, 2) End Date = TODAY(), 3) units = "Y" or in years

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:28

Could you follow so far?

User
03/06/2018 - 05:29

yes

User
03/06/2018 - 05:30

if I remove the "Y" does it show it in days?

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:30

Cool. So the same formula is applied in cell D2

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:30

if you change "Y" to "d" then you get answer in days

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:34

I can see that you have deleted the original table. If you need more time, we are allowed for a maximum of 2 20-min free extensions per session

User
03/06/2018 - 05:34

I think i'll make it work

User
03/06/2018 - 05:34

I had problems trying it in my own table

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:34

Cool

Excelchat Expert
03/06/2018 - 05:35

I believe you could do it :)

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03/06/2018 - 05:35

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03/06/2018 - 05:35

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User
03/06/2018 - 05:35

Okay thank you!

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