## How to use the NOW function

*Article updated on February 26, 2018*

The NOW function returns the current date and time.

Formula in cell B3:

### Excel Function Syntax

NOW()

### Arguments

The NOW function has no arguments.

### Comments

The NOW function is a volatile function, it updates each time you recalculate the worksheet. Use with caution, it may slow down your workbook considerably if used extensively.

### Articles with the 'NOW' Function

The following 2 articles have formulas that contain the NOW function.

### Functions in 'Date and Time'

The NOW function function is one of many functions in the 'Date and Time' category.