Header and Footer Data Codes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 29, 2016)

Excel includes a number of codes which you can include in your header and footer. These codes are designed to make including predefined information a bit easier. Some of the codes are available on the Header or Footer dialog boxes (when you click on Custom Header or Custom Footer in the Header/Footer tab of the Page Setup dialog box) by clicking on a button. Others you must enter directly.

Command codes are indicated in Excel headers and footers by typing an ampersand character (&) followed by the command. The following are the data codes you can use:

Code Meaning
&D Current date
&T Current time
&F Workbook name
&A Worksheet name (from the worksheet tab)
&P Current page number
&P+x Current page number plus x
&P-x Current page number minus x
&N Total pages in the workbook
&& Ampersand character

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