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Solved: working with dates in excel

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by 8-bit machine, May 16, 2008.

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  1. 8-bit machine

    8-bit machine Thread Starter

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    i am trying to make a spreadsheet that will tell me when a customer has not made a payment on an item in X amout of months. ex: i want the cell to turn red if it has been over 3 monoths since the customer has made a payent. basicly it is just conditional formatting on the cells. i don't know and can't figure out how to work with dates in the formula bar, especially display the current date :(

    help would be much appreciated, TY
     
  2. Zack Barresse

    Zack Barresse

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    Hi there,

    Dates are arranged by Serial Numbers. One whole number is one whole 24 hour period, so one day is 1, two days is 2, thus 0.5 works to be half of a day.

    The formula for today's date is =TODAY()

    So in your conditional formatting, you could use something like this ...

    Code:
    =A1<TODAY()-90
    This assumes that A1 is the cell you are in and the one with the date in question in it.

    Post back if you need more help.

    HTH
     
  3. 8-bit machine

    8-bit machine Thread Starter

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    Thank you very much! Your solution worked flawlessly! :D (y)

    i now understand how to use dates in my conditional formatting, ty. i don't use excell very often so i tend to forget how to do things, so these forums are of great help to me every so often, lol.
     
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