Updated: 12/26/2023 by Computer Hope
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In general, a date refers to the current or past day, month, and year. If JavaScript is enabled, you'll see the current date and time below.


Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+; to insert the current date into a spreadsheet.

How can I replace a date stamp in text?

You can use our online text tool to remove date or timestamps (e.g., [2011-12-06 13:33:57] or 8-22-2017) from a log file or other text with a list of dates followed by other text.

Date format

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, Date is a number format that allows numbers to be formatted in date format.


Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+3 to change a cell format to date.

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