Working with Dates and Times

Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) provides a data type for storing date and time values, the Date data type. Convenient as the Date data type is, manipulating date values in VBA can still be tricky. To easily work with dates, you must understand how VBA stores date values internally.

In This Section

The Date Data Type
Store date and time values by using the Date data type.
Getting the Current Date and Time
Three functions in Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) can tell you exactly when it is: the Now, Date, and Time functions.
Formatting a Date
Use predefined formats to format a date, or create a custom format for a date.
Date Delimiters
Understand how to indicate to Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) that a value is a date.
Assembling a Date
Break down dates into component parts — day, month, and year — to perform a calculation on one element, and then reassemble the date.
Getting Part of a Date
Get information about a date, such as what quarter or week it falls in or what day of the week it is.
Adding and Subtracting Dates
Learn how to add and subtract intervals to given dates.
Calculating Elapsed Time
Use functions to calculate the time that has elapsed between two dates, and present that time in the desired format.

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