## How to use the NOW function

*Article updated on April 19, 2018*

The NOW function returns the current date and time.

Formula in cell B3:

=NOW()

### 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.

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

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