# Excel - repeat entries until a fixed number is reached.

Hi all,

I have a fixed number in cell B1.

How do i repeat values (starting at A5) until the fixed value in cell B1 is reached?

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Commented:
Type the first date into A5.

Put this formula into A6.
=IF(A5<A\$5+B\$1-1,A5+1,"")

Copy the formula down as far as you may need to go (the maximum number):
Commented:
Format the cells as Date.
Author Commented:
Thank you, but there is one thing i forgot the mention:

The value in B1 ("Number of times to repeat") could be zero. In this case, there would be nothing in cell A5.

Sorry for the confusion.
Commented:
What determines the first date? Is it always 1/1/16? The first date of the current year?
Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Try this....

In A5
``````=IF(\$B\$1="","",DATE(2016,1,1))
``````
Change the date as per your requirement.

In A6
``````=IF(OR(A5="",ROWS(A\$6:A6)>\$B\$1-1),"",A5+1)
``````
and copy down.
And of course format the column A as Date.

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Author Commented:
Hi,

Assuming B1 is not Zero, the first date in A5 would be today's date + 30 days.
Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
In that case, change the formula in A5 with the following one.....

``````=IF(\$B\$1="","",TODAY()+30)
``````
Author Commented:
Worked great! Thank you.
Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
You're welcome. Glad to help.
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