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How to record date and time automatically when cell changes?

It is easy for us to insert static date and time manually or insert a dynamic date changing with the system time with a formula. If you want to record the date and time automatically when you change or enter values, this problem may be somewhat different to deal with. But, in this article, you can solve this task with following steps.

Record date and time automatically when cell changes with VBA code


arrow blue right bubble Record date and time automatically when cell changes with VBA code

For example, I have a range of values, and now, when I change or type new values in Column B, I want there will automatically record current date and time in Column C as following screenshot shown:

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You can finish this task with following VBA code. Please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Then choose your used worksheet from the left Project Explorer, double click it to open the Module, and then copy and paste following VBA code into the blank Module:

VBA code: Record date and time automatically when cell changes

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Update 20140722
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Rng As Range
Dim xOffsetColumn As Integer
Set WorkRng = Intersect(Application.ActiveSheet.Range("B:B"), Target)
xOffsetColumn = 1
If Not WorkRng Is Nothing Then
    Application.EnableEvents = False
    For Each Rng In WorkRng
        If Not VBA.IsEmpty(Rng.Value) Then
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).Value = Now
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).NumberFormat = "dd-mm-yyyy, hh:mm:ss"
        Else
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).ClearContents
        End If
    Next
    Application.EnableEvents = True
End If
End Sub

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3. Then save and close this code to return to the worksheet, now when you change the cell value or type new data in Column B, the date and time will be recorded automatically in Column C.

Notes:

1. In the above code, you can modify the “B:B” to any other column that you want to change the cell values in this script: Set WorkRng = Intersect(Application.ActiveSheet.Range("B:B"), Target).

2. With this xOffsetColumn = 1 script, you can insert and update the date and time to the first column next to your changing value column, you can change the number 1 to other numbers, such as 2,3,4,5…that means the date will be inserted the second, third, fourth or fifth column besides your changed values column.

3. When you delete a value in the changed column, the date and time will be removed as well.

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Hi,
Is it is also possible to have a VBA code that is able to create a timestamp for cells that have a formula in it? So when the value changes (changes from empty cell to a cell with a value >0 in it) the timestamp appears?
Kind regards,
Femke
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Hello, Femke,
To solve your problem, please apply the below VBA code:
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updateby ExtendOffice
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Rng As Range
Dim xOffsetColumn As Integer
Dim xDRg As Range

On Error Resume Next
Set xDRg = Target.DirectDependents

If Not xDRg Is Nothing Then

Set WorkRng = Intersect(Application.ActiveSheet.Range("B:B"), xDRg)

xOffsetColumn = 1
If Not WorkRng Is Nothing Then
    Application.EnableEvents = False
    For Each Rng In WorkRng
        If Not VBA.IsEmpty(Rng.Value) Then
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).Value = Now
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).NumberFormat = "dd-mm-yyyy, hh:mm:ss"
        Else
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).ClearContents
        End If
    Next
    Application.EnableEvents = True
End If
Else
Set WorkRng = Intersect(Application.ActiveSheet.Range("B:B"), Target)
xOffsetColumn = 1
If Not WorkRng Is Nothing Then
    Application.EnableEvents = False
    For Each Rng In WorkRng
        If Not VBA.IsEmpty(Rng.Value) Then
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).Value = Now
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).NumberFormat = "dd-mm-yyyy, hh:mm:ss"
        Else
            Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).ClearContents
        End If
    Next
    Application.EnableEvents = True
End If

End If
End Sub


Please have a try, hope it can help you!
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Sir ! I have a problem that I have data entering Column B in sheet 1 and Date Column C in sheet 2....please guide me what will be the code for that...Anyone
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I want to use this code to update multiple cells within the same sheet. How do I write this?For example, when cell C12 changes, C13 gets the datewhen cell C26 changes, C27 gets the date
when cell G13 changes, G14 gets the date
and so on
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datetime    auto_cycle    tool    time_difference
01-01-2021 :10:10:09    1    1    00:00:11
03-01-2021 :10:10:20    1    2    00:00:02
13-10-2021 :10:10:22    1    3    00:00:04
13-10-2021 :10:10:26    1    4    00:00:04
13-10-2021 :10:10:30    1    5    00:00:06
13-10-2021 :10:10:36    1    6    00:00:02
13-10-2021 :10:10:38    1    7    00:00:05
13-10-2021 :10:10:43    1    8    00:00:00
13-10-2021 :10:10:43    1    9    00:00:06
13-10-2021 :10:10:49    1    10    00:00:03
13-10-2021 :10:10:52    1    11    00:00:08
13-10-2021 :10:11:00    1    13    00:00:10
13-10-2021 :10:11:10    1    12    00:00:04
13-10-2021 :10:11:14    1    14    00:00:05
13-10-2021 :10:11:19    1    16    00:00:04
13-10-2021 :10:11:23    1    17    00:00:04
13-10-2021 :10:11:27    1    18    00:00:02
13-10-2021 :10:11:29    1    19    00:00:04
13-10-2021 :10:11:33    1    20    00:00:05
13-10-2021 :10:11:38    1    21    00:00:07
13-10-2021 :10:11:45    1    12    

this is my master file suppose i change the time value in a column corresponding time difference sshould be update in d column automatically without trigger the macro assigning button could you please help me out 
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I see a couple of people asking about formulas and I'm sorry if I missed the answer somewhere in the thread. I am updating very large data sets that then are migrated to hidden sheets. I have those sheets each set with this "latest update" code but since everything on those sheets references back to the larger data set, it does not see a cell update as the formulas remain the same even thought the values change. I need it to update when the value changes and not jus when the content of the cell changes.
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Sir ! Did you find solution of your problem then please share it with me.I am also facing the same issue...I am new in this...Please
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Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Update 20140722
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Rng As Range
Dim xOffsetColumn As Integer
Set WorkRng = Intersect(Application.ActiveSheet.Range("A:A"), Target)
xOffsetColumn = 1
If Not WorkRng Is Nothing Then
Application.EnableEvents = False
For Each Rng In WorkRng
If Not VBA.IsEmpty(Rng.Value) Then
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).Value = Now
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).NumberFormat = "dd-mm-yyyy, hh:mm:ss"
Else
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).ClearContents
End If
Next
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If
End Sub

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Why on 0 value its getting date.. when cell have data then only get date otherwise show balnk...how we can do it vba code
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Hi,The code works perfect but if changed the data in A i was wondering if i could have the date in column B and the time in Column D?Thanks for any help.
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Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Update 20140722
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Rng As Range
Dim xOffsetColumn As Integer
Set WorkRng = Intersect(Application.ActiveSheet.Range("J:J"), Target)
xOffsetColumn = 1
If Not WorkRng Is Nothing Then
Application.EnableEvents = False
For Each Rng In WorkRng
If Not VBA.IsEmpty(Rng.Value) Then
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).Value = Now
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).NumberFormat = "dd-mm-yyyy, hh:mm:ss"
Else
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).ClearContents
End If
Next
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If
xOffsetColumn = 2
If Not WorkRng Is Nothing Then
Application.EnableEvents = False
For Each Rng In WorkRng
If Not VBA.IsEmpty(Rng.Value) Then
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).Value = Now
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).NumberFormat = "hh:mm:ss"
Else
Rng.Offset(0, xOffsetColumn).ClearContents
End If
Next
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If
End Sub
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Hi,If i were to have 2 columns duplicating the same macros, how can that be possible.
I want to show the date and time in column B for values changed in A; while also wanting to show the time and date in column D for values changed in C.
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Hi Extend Office, thank you for guiding me.I am a beginner , i had this problem which i saw some of your faced. This was the situationFor e.g
You want your date and time shown in Column A when any other column of the same row B:AZ for example got their values changed.So heres my solution. Please correct me if the code has any issues. TIA.
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)

Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Rng As Range
Dim xOffsetColumn As Integer
Set WorkRng = Intersect(Application.ActiveSheet.Range("B:AZ"), Target)'B:AZ put your own columns'rownumber=Activecell.Row will not work because it it will locate the adjacent row after you press enter or when ur mouse click on other cells
rownumber = Target.Row
If Not WorkRng Is Nothing Then
Application.EnableEvents = False
For Each Rng In WorkRng
If Not VBA.IsEmpty(Rng.Value) Then
Range("A" & rownumber).Value = Now 'gives A and the adjacent row number
Range("A" & rownumber).NumberFormat = "dd-mm-yyyy, hh:mm:ss"
End If
Next
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If
End Sub



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