We’ve come a long way from when people used to punch-in via time cards and maintain paper timesheets.

Today, we have automatic time trackers on our computers.

And somewhere along the way, people discovered Excel time tracking.

But how do you do it? 

In this article, we’ll show you how to make a time tracking sheet in Excel, highlight a few templates, and explore the drawbacks of Excel time tracking. We’ll also highlight a smart, alternative tool to make time tracking easy.

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How To Create a Timesheet in Excel?

If you’re a business owner or project manager, you want to know where your team spends all their time, especially if you run a remote team.

After all, time data is critical for HR, payroll provider, client billing, etc.

Thankfully, time tracking is something you can do with an Excel spreadsheet. 

Let’s figure out how to make a timesheet in Excel…

Step 1: Format your spreadsheet

Open a new Excel file. 

To create an Excel timesheet that’s legible, you need to format the worksheet cells to make them wider.


Select column A and drag its edge to your desired width.

Then right-click on column A > select Copy > highlight the column range B through L > press Ctrl+V to paste the formatting.

This will copy the formatting on all the columns you selected (B-L).