Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Often, you want to insert a series of dates into a worksheet. For example, in tracking weekly sales, you may
want to enter a series of dates, each separated by seven days. These dates will serve to identify the sales figures.
In some cases, you can use the Excel AutoFill feature to insert a series of dates. Enter the first date and drag the
cell's fill handle while holding the right mouse button. Release the mouse button and select an option from the
shortcut menu (see Figure 6-3) — Fill Days, Fill Weekdays, Fill Months, or Fill Years. Notice that Excel does
not provide a Fill Weeks option.
For more flexibility, enter the first two dates in the series — for example, the starting day for week 1 and the
starting day for week 2. Then select both cells and drag the fill handle down the column. Excel will complete
the date series, with each date separated by the interval represented by the first two dates.
The advantage of using formulas (rather than the AutoFill feature) to create a series of dates is that you can
change the first date, and the others will then update automatically. You need to enter the starting date into a cell
and then use formulas (copied down the column) to generate the additional dates.
The following examples assume that you entered the first date of the series into cell A1 and the formula into
cell A2. You can then copy this formula down the column as many times as needed.
To generate a series of dates separated by seven days, use this formula:
=A1+7
To generate a series of dates separated by one month, you need a more complicated formula because months
don't all have the same number days. This formula creates a series of dates, separated by one month:
=DATE(YEAR(A1),MONTH(A1)+1,DAY(A1))
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