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How can I display the current year in a cell? [closed]

asked 2013-06-20 12:15:14 +0200

lemelman gravatar image

How can I display the current year in a cell? =TODAY() and =NOW() each display 20/06/2013 =YEAR() displays Err:511 =YEAR(TODAY()) displays 05/07/1905 =YEAR(NOW()) displays 05/06/2013 =RIGHT(NOW(),4) displays 9306 I know that =YEAR(A3) displays 2013 when A3 contains =NOW(), but 1 don't want to setup a cell that I can reference with the YEAR function.

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answered 2013-06-21 00:58:34 +0200

Mark12547 gravatar image

Part of the answer depends on whether or not you are going to be feeding the year into some other calculation.

If you need the actual 4-digit year in the cell, and no other numbers in that cell, you can use either =year(today()) or =year(now()) as the formula in the cell, and make sure the format of the cell is either "Numbers" tab | Category:Number | Format:General or Format:-1234. (A cell that hasn't been formatted has the formatting code of "Numbers" tab | Category:Number | Format:General.)

If you just need to display the current date as a 4-digit year and you don't care what the cell really contains, you can do the above to get the 4-digit year, or you can put the date in the cell (using =today(), or if you want to include seconds, =now() as the formula for the cell) and then format the cell to display as "Numbers" tab | Category:Date | Format: custom format code: YYYY (four upper-case Y's).

What will not work is to get the year into the cell by =year(today()) and then use the "Numbers" tab | Category:Date | one of the mm/dd/yyyy formats because then the cell has the year but the formatting routine for displaying that cell's value thinks the cell should be interpreted as if it had a date serial number, and 2013, for example, as July 5, 1905.

So, either extract the year (=year(today()) or =year(now()) to get just the year) and display that as a number, or get the date via =today() or =now() and display that value as a custom date format of YYYY.

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answered 2013-06-20 13:14:05 +0200

oweng gravatar image

The data in the cell is not necessarily what is displayed in a cell, particular when it comes to dates. A cell can contain 2013-06-20 but can be displayed as 2013. Format > Cells... > Numbers tab > Format Code of YYYY.

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answered 2013-06-20 15:16:59 +0200

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updated 2013-06-20 15:18:59 +0200

You should get 2013 with both =year(today()) and =year(now()) if you are typing in an unformatted cell (of course if the call is set to Date it will display a Date...)

That is what I get using LO 4.0.3.3 under Windows XP x86

Which LO version are you using? Under which OS? Maybe that was an old bug and it is already solved...

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=YEAR(TODAY()) on LO 4.0.4.2 under Windows XP returns 2013 which is correct. It looks like user is using an old version of software or some problem in profile or similar.

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-06-21 10:47:33 +0200 )edit
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answered 2013-07-01 10:17:11 +0200

lemelman gravatar image

Thank you everybody. As suggested, the problem was caused by the cell in question being formatted as a date. When changed to unformatted, =year(now()) displays the correct year.

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answered 2013-06-20 15:53:20 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

As Pedro pointed out the LibO version I made a test in 3.6.6 on XP @Pedro's formulas work as well as @oweng's formatting information.

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