Excel VBA DATE Function
VBA Date is a Date and Time function, it returns only the current date as per the system date you are using, also the important thing to note is that this function has no arguments in it whatsoever, another important factor to remember is that this function returns the current system date.
In excel we cannot live without some of the functions and “VBA Date” is one of those function. If you are a frequent user of excel worksheet then you must be aware of a function called “TODAY ()” which will return current date as per the system date.
The date is a very simple function and it returns only the current date as per the system date you are using. This works very similarly to our worksheet function “TODAY” but not volatile in nature.
The syntax of the excel DATE function is very simple because it has no argument to supply and includes only empty parenthesis.
Parenthesis are there just to explain the function when you use the function no need of entering parenthesis.
How to use Excel VBA Date Function?
Assume you want to insert the current date in cell A1 then follow below steps to write the code to insert the current date in cell A1.
Step 1: Create a macro name.
Step 2: Since we need to store the current date in cell A1 our code will be Range (“A1”).Value.
Sub Date_Example1() Range("A1").Value End Sub
Step 3: In cell A1 we need the current date, so use DATE function.
Sub Date_Example1() Range("A1").Value = Date End Sub
Step 4: Ok, we are done. Let’s run this code now by pressing the F5 key or you can also run the code manually as shown in the below screenshot. We will get the current date in cell A1.
So, when I am writing this code current date in my system is “15th March 2019”.
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Note: The format of your date depends on your windows settings. Anyway, you can change the format of the date under format cells.
Assume you are a LIC agent and you have several customers to deal with. One of the key objects is to know whose payment due is on today so that you can call them and collect the payment immediately.
Assume below is the list of customers you have in your database.
I have already written a code that will notify you as soon as you open the excel file.
Sub Due_Notifier() Dim Duedate As Date Dim i As Long Duedate = Date i = 2 For i = 2 To Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row If Duedate = DateSerial(Year(Date), Month(Cells(i, 3).Value), Day(Cells(i, 3).Value)) Then MsgBox "Customer Name : " & Cells(i, 1).Value & vbNewLine & "Premium Amount : " & Cells(i, 2).Value End If Next i End Sub
Copy the above code and paste in the VBA module.
Now double click on “This Workbook” option.
Now select “Workbook” from the above dropdown.
As soon as you select the option “Workbook” you can see a private macro automatically opens.
Here macro name says “Workbook_Open ()” this means whenever this workbook opens what you have to do. Whenever this workbook opens we need to run the macro we have created.
So, here we need to call our macro we have created by its name. In the above code, our macro name is “Due_Notifier”.
Now save this workbook and close it.
After closing it, open the workbook and see the magic.
Now I will open….
Wow!!! It shows me the customer name and their due amount for the current date.
Customer Name is “Amar” and the due amount is “20883”. The reason why it is showing this customer name because the due date for Mr Amar is 15th March 2019 i.e. Today.
Now click on Ok, it will show other customer names if the due date is on today.
It is showing Mr Arvind name, his due date is also on 15th March 2019.
Now, you can easily identify the customer names as soon as you come to the office. One of the big headaches is gone.
Similarly, I have created one more excel macro which will send auto birthday emails from your outlook.
Assume you are in an “Employee Engagement Team” and you are responsible to send birthday emails to your employees. Identify and sending the email to each and every one separately is a painful job.
Hello, my dear friend doesn’t worry I have created a macro for you to send the auto birthday emails to your employees.
I have created some data to test and below is the image of the same.
You just need to update the employee master according to the headings of the table. Below is the code to send the emails.
Copy the below code and paste in the module.
Sub Birthday_Wishes() Dim OutlookApp As Outlook.Application Dim OutlookMail As Outlook.MailItem Dim Mydate As Date Dim i As Long Set OutlookApp = New Outlook.Application Mydate = Date i = 2 For i = 2 To Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row Set OutlookMail = OutlookApp.CreateItem(olMailItem) If Mydate = DateSerial(Year(Date), Month(Cells(i, 5).Value), Day(Cells(i, 5).Value)) Then OutlookMail.To = Cells(i, 7).Value OutlookMail.CC = Cells(i, 8).Value OutlookMail.BCC = "" OutlookMail.Subject = "Happy Birthday - " & Cells(i, 2).Value OutlookMail.Body = "Dear " & Cells(i, 2).Value & "," & vbNewLine & vbNewLine & _ "We wish you a happy birhday on behalf of the management and we wish all the success in the coming future" & vbNewLine & _ vbNewLine & "Regards," & vbNewLine & "StrIDE Team" OutlookMail.Display OutlookMail.Send End If Next i End Sub
As soon as you come to the office just open the file and run this code, it will automatically send birthday wishes to the respective email id’s.
Note: You should have Outlook configured in your system.
This has been a guide to VBA Date Function. Here we learn how to use Date Function in VBA along with some simple to advanced examples. We also saw one of the projects where we created one macro that sends auto birthday emails from your outlook. Below are some useful excel articles related to VBA –