Mar 6 2017


If you are like me and like many other people out there that make their living working in Microsoft Excel, you learn keyboard shortcuts over time that shave a second here, a few seconds there, and if you know enough of them they allow you to work pretty quickly.

But out of all of the Microsoft Excel keyboard shortcuts there are a few that really allow me to hum along, the ones that I use dozens of times per day.  One of those is actually my favorite time saver.  Can you guess what it is?  Want a hint? I already gave you one, it is a “Time Saver”, date &/or time that is.

How much effort does it take to type a date and time into a cell? Can you do it without looking at the keys on the keyboard?  My favorite keyboard shortcut for Microsoft Excel allows me to Insert a static date or time into an Excel cell.



To Enter The Date &/or Time

Select the cell you want to insert the current date &/or time

  • To insert the current date, press Ctrl+; (semi-colon).
  • To insert the current time, press Ctrl+Shift+; (semi-colon).
  • To insert the current date and time, press Ctrl+; (semi-colon), then press Space, and then press Ctrl+Shift+; (semi-colon).





That is all there is to it.  If you are required to enter time values in Microsoft Excel, this can quickly become your favorite Time & Date saver too.


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