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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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    Hannes · 3 months ago
    Would it be possible to have the timestamp appear 5 rows down? Would need it in an specific cell and not the entire column.
    Column range is easy to change to specific cell but i don´t know how to get the timestamp in an specific cell :(
    Please help!
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    Hannes · 3 months ago
    Would it be possible to change on what row the timestamp is showed? I would like to have the timestamp 5 rows down.
    Tried xOffsetRows = 5 but that did not word, maybe that command does not exist :)
    Please help!
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    Cody · 3 months ago
    what about if i need to have column I, J, and K all trigger a date into column L? I have tried posting script 3 times, and changing the name, and column offset, but it never runs the second and third script.
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    Cody Baird · 3 months ago
    also, i had to change the first line of code to be different for each copy/paste.
    example
    Private Sub Worksheet_Change (ByVal Target As Range)

    the next is

    Private Sub Worksheet_Change1 (ByVal Target As Range)


    by doing so i eliminate an error Compile Error: Ambiguous name detected: Worksheet_Change.

    if i duplicate this name it causes this error, so i changed them by adding a 1, 2, 3 etc..
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    Cody · 3 months ago
    I am attempting to make this reference multiple columns and reflect the date of any change in these columns back to one column. example, if i change anything in I,J,or K I want the date updated to current in L. i have tried to copy this VB code 3 times, changing the target, and column application to be I:I and 3 J:J and 2, K:K and 1. only K:K will work to change L. thoughts?