How To Autofill Dates In Excel

When working in Excel, I often find myself needing to autofill dates for various projects and reports. Luckily, Excel makes this process quite simple with its autofill feature. In this article, I’ll walk you through how to easily autofill dates in Excel and share some tips and tricks along the way.

Autofilling Dates in Excel

To begin autofilling dates in Excel, start by entering a date in a cell. Once you have entered the initial date, hover your cursor over the bottom right corner of the cell until you see a small square – this is known as the fill handle.

Click and drag the fill handle down or across the cells where you want the dates to be filled. Excel will automatically continue the date pattern based on the initial date you entered.

Customizing Date Formats

If you want to customize the date format before autofilling, you can right-click on the cell with the initial date and select “Format Cells.” From there, you can choose from a variety of date formats including “Short Date,” “Long Date,” or even create a custom format using the “Custom” option.

Using Fill Series Option

Another method to autofill dates is by using the “Fill Series” option. After entering the initial date, select the cell and the range of cells where you want the dates to be filled. Then, navigate to the “Home” tab, click on the “Fill” button, and choose “Series.” In the Series dialogue box, select “Date” as the type and specify the step value if needed.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

For those who prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can simply enter the initial date, select the cell, and then press the Ctrl + R keys to autofill the dates horizontally, or Ctrl + D to autofill the dates vertically.


Autofilling dates in Excel can save a significant amount of time, especially when working with large datasets or recurring date patterns. Whether it’s for project timelines, financial statements, or simply organizing personal schedules, mastering the autofill feature in Excel is a valuable skill that I’ve found incredibly useful.