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In Excel 2010 Power Shortcuts, Excel expert Dennis Taylor shares tips and shortcuts to vastly increase efficiency and get the full power out of Excel 2010. There are tips for working with the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar, navigating workbooks and selecting cells, rapid data entry and editing, working with formulas, formatting data, working with charts, sorting data, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
There are many times throughout the course of a day that some Excel users need to put in today's date, the current date. And instead of typing it, press Ctrl+ Semicolon. Who wouldn't want to learn how to do it? Not exactly logical, but it's fast. It's easy. The date that you put in there is the current date. This is at the time of this recording, so that's why we were seeing this. It does not change. It does not adjust, unless you alter the cells' content. It's simply a shortcut for typing. I also use it in a different sense. If I am putting in another date and maybe it's similar or not that far different, I might press Ctrl+Semicolon, and then with the mouse change, highlight this cell, that one, maybe this is the 27th, something like that.
It's going to make that a lot faster as well. Maybe less useful but in some environments important, the current time, and this is Ctrl+Shift+Semicolon, and that's 1:19 pm in this case. This too as with the date doesn't change unless you alter contents of the cell. Just a shortcut for typing. There are other ways to put in dates and times to make them dynamic, but these are simply good quick easy-to-use shortcuts for entering either the current date, that's Ctrl+Semicolon, or the current time, Ctrl+Shift+Semicolon.
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