Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Putting a Different Date in a Header.

Putting a Different Date in a Header

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 25, 2015)

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Adding the current date to the header of a worksheet is easy—Excel provides a dialog box where you can specify the placement of the date and use the '&[date]' coding to actually insert the date. But what if you want to insert yesterday's date or tomorrow's date into the header?

That's not nearly as easy. In fact, you can't do it without using a macro. Perhaps the most flexible approach is to write the macro so that it updates the date just before the worksheet is printed, as shown in the following:

Private Sub Workbook_BeforePrint(Cancel As Boolean)
  ActiveSheet.PageSetup.CenterHeader = _
    Format(Date - 1, "mmmm d, yyyy")
End Sub

The macro places yesterday's date into the center of the header; you can easily change the CenterHeader property of one of the other available header locations (LeftHeader or RightHeader). You can also change the macro to insert tomorrow's date by changing the "- 1" to "+ 1".

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10678) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Putting a Different Date in a Header.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is two less than 5?

2017-07-06 17:20:27

Jacob I

Using Excel 2010 here, and I'm new at creating macros. There are some issues that I've had implementing this article and I've numbered them below. Please offer advice on these points.
1) the above code snippet does not use apostrophes for any arguments
2) No instructions are given on how to record this code as a macro
3) This article is precisely the same as the article for earlier versions of Excel, with the exception of the note stating what versions the article is for. Substantially, they are the same.


2015-10-10 11:19:15

Willy Vanhaelen

@Jared,

- type your text before &[Date]
- hightight the whole thing
- select the Home tab
- select the formatting you want


2015-10-08 09:51:28

Jared

I am trying to insert text prior to the date. Furthermore, would like to make it all 14pt bold text? Could you show me what I am missing?

Thanks!


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