Increment a Date By X Days for Each Row in Excel

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How to quickly increment a date by a certain number of days for each entry.

  1. Type the first date in a cell. Make sure that it's in a format that Excel recognizes as a date, such as in my example.
  2. Go to the next cell under that and enter the next date that you would like to appear.
  3. Select both cells:
  4. Put your mouse over the bottom right of the black square around the selection. Left-click with the mouse, hold, and drag down. (The small square in the bottom right of the selection is called the quick-fill-handle.)

  5. When you let go of the quick fill handle, you will have a list of evenly incremented dates.


This is a nice little tip that saves you time when building out your spreadsheets. It also works with numbers, months, and days.

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