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Is there a formula in Excel for allowing a dynamic count down to a certain date? Right now I'm using something like this:

=DATE(2014, 3, 13)-TODAY()

I would like the number of days remaining to change without having to close and open the file.

Thank You


formulas only update when there is a calculation.  Opening and closing a workbook will cause that but so will many other things.  

You can hit the F9 key to cause a calculation.  

So your formula is fine. You just need to cause a calculation each day.  

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Tom Ogilvy


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