Filling a Range with a Series of Dates in Excel 2007

In this article, we will learn how to fill a range with a series of dates in Microsoft Excel by using the Auto fill option. We can fill the range with a series of dates in two ways.

Let’s take an example and understand:

  • Enter the current date in the cell by pressing the key Ctrl+;

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  • Select the range A1:A10
  • Go to the Home tab > Click on Fill option > Series

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  • Series dialog box will appear
  • From the table in the group Type select Date and in Date Unit group select Month

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  • Click OK

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In the above image we can see, months are increasing as we have selected to fill in the series.

Now we want to fill the series of quarters, so follow the steps given below:

  • Cell A1 contains date 1st Jan
  • In series dialog box, you will see the Step value option
  • Enter 3 step value

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  • Click OK

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In the above image we can see the months taking 3 steps i.e from January to April, April to July and so on.

Apart from Fill option, we have another way out which is a shortcut. Follow the steps given below:

  • In cell A1 we have current date
  • Select the cell
  • In the bottom right corner of the cell, place the cursor
  • You will get + sign then hold the mouse and drag it till where you need series
  • Months series will continue till the last cell

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And, in this way we can fill the range with a series of dates in Microsoft Excel.


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