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I need a formula to count days from an historic date to current date

Solved by T. Q. in 11 mins

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Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:11

Hello

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:11

Welcome to Excelchat, I see that your question is about the formula for Number of days

User
14/09/2018 - 08:11

Hi

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:11

I can help you with that problem.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:12

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User
14/09/2018 - 08:12

I only have one problem

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:12

Let me ask you a couple of quick questions to make sure I fully understand your problem

User
14/09/2018 - 08:12

OK

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:13

So if you will see the column B on the right on preview

User
14/09/2018 - 08:13

Yes that's correct

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:13

Let's suppose this is the historical date

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:13

So we need the number of days till present date?

User
14/09/2018 - 08:14

Yes

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:14

Ok

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:14

I’m going to build a formula for you. This should take me few minutes to solve. If prompted for extension of session, please do so.

User
14/09/2018 - 08:14

Our historic days don't go back that far but I suppose the formula will be the same ?

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:14

Yes, it would be

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:15

Here it is.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:15

Please check

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:16

Let me tell you how this =today()-B3 works

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:16

Today() will give today's date always

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:16

so we getting today's date using this function and then subtracting the historical date from it.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:17

to get the number of days

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:17

Does this solution solve your problem?

User
14/09/2018 - 08:17

But the answer is incorrect, there is less days than 129

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:17

the format for the date used is mm/dd/yyyy

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:18

I have used 1st September Now

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:18

you can use this on any format for date you like.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:19

Please click on the Historical Date cell and change the date as per your need and see the formula working.

User
14/09/2018 - 08:19

Right, thank you. We Brits use a different format for date.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:20

I apologies. I should have asked that before hand.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:20

My apologies

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:20

Please double click on the cell

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:20

it will open a calendar and you can select the date.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:20

08/24/2018

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:21

When you will use this formula in your file on your system it will take the format you have used there.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:21

Does this solution solve your problem?

User
14/09/2018 - 08:22

That is brilliant thank you so much, you have saved me hours trying to work this one out.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:22

Great!

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:22

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14/09/2018 - 08:22

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User
14/09/2018 - 08:22

Bye bye and have a good day

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 08:22

Have a great day ahead.

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