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How to Use the Dynamic Date List Function in Excel

Figure 1. Dynamic Date List in Excel.

In order to set up a dynamic date list in Excel, we are going to use a formula syntax that allows us to automatically update it according to our specified parameters.

Formula Syntax

=start+ROWS(exp_rng)-1-offset

  • start refers to our specified range of dates
  • offset refers to the days which are before the date of start.

Excel dates are basically serial numbers that are displayed in recognized date format. Thus, we can carry out mathematical operations on Excel dates to determine days in the past or future.

How to Use the Excel Dynamic Date List Function.

In our worksheet example below, the formula in cell A2 begins with our start date, and increases the date by 1 with an expanding range within the ROWS formula.

Figure 2. Dynamic Date List in Excel.

The row count is increasing by 1 at each new row while the range expands.

To ensure that the date is not increasing in the first row, the Dynamic Date List formula subtract 1 from each value.

Figure 3. Final Result.

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