Formula for calculating a reminder date from known startdate

guggesn

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I have a column with startdates for our 260 courses. I want to run a formula on that to calculate the date by which I need to remind teachers their course will start soon. Something like "=(Startdate minus 5 days)" and have the output be a date. I tried searching the archives, but wasn't sure what to call this. Thanks! Susan
 

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If your Startdate is in A1, the formula would be "=(A1 - 5)" as long as the startdate is in date format. Excel is pretty smart that way.
 
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Obviously, I'm not! :wink: Thanks so much, I was reading Excel all afternoon, didn't get this. Next time I will just try the dumbest smart thing I can think of!! Susan
 
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Hi Susan

If you wanted to be extra slick why not try using a bit of Conditional Formatting to highlight your cells.

Highlight your range then do Format >> Condintional Formatting

Then select Formula Is and have

Code:
=AND((A1-5>=TODAY()),(A1-5<=TODAY()))

Where A1 is the cell with your date.

If you want to highlight an entire row the replce the A1 with $A1

HTH


Dave

BTW Welcome to the board
 
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Dave, wow, I am staying late to implement this right now! Thanks to Mandelbrah and you, this has made my day, weekend. S
 
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Just remember to select your formatting.

I'm glad you got a range of solutions that can work for you.

Best Regards


Dave
 
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