Header and Footer Data Codes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 29, 2016)

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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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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is four less than 4?

2017-02-27 16:03:54

Sarah

Is it possible to insert the Sheet number (not the page number) into the Header? So that the first sheet is Table 1, the second is Table 2, etc?


2015-09-03 00:38:07

Jordan

I need to a different date than the current one. Specifically, tomorrow's date, or +1. Is this possible in the header?


2013-03-03 00:11:35

Peter J Moran

Hi Jim,
Check this tip:
Creating Default Formatting for Workbooks and Worksheets
set up your footers as required and follow the tip. All your workbooks will now have a standard footer.


2013-03-02 08:59:56

Jim Carroll

To me, the filename and path are at least as important as date, time, worksheet name, etc. At my age, it's hard to remember what folder contains last year's revenue budget numbers and the like. Is it possible to include filename and path in the header or footer as it is in Word?


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