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How to insert countdown timer in Excel?

If you want to handle with some data in a limited time, you can insert a countdown timer in your data worksheet, and when finish the time countdown, there will be a popped out dialog to remind you. Here I will tell you a VBA code to insert a countdown timer in Excel.

Insert countdown timer in Excel

arrow blue right bubble Insert countdown timer in Excel

In Excel, it cannot countdown time, but you can copy the follow VBA code to help counting down the time.

1. Select a cell and format it as time formatting by right clicking at the cell and selecting Format Cells, then in the dialog, clicking Time and selecting 13:30:55 in the Type list, at last clicking OK to exit this dialog. See screenshot:


2. Type the time you want to countdown into the formatting cell. See screenshot:


3. Press Alt + F11 keys to open Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

4. Click Insert > Module and then copy following VBA into the new window.

VBA: Countdown timer.

Dim gCount As Date
Sub Timer()
    gCount = Now + TimeValue("00:00:01")
    Application.OnTime gCount, "ResetTime"
End Sub
Sub ResetTime()
Dim xRng As Range
Set xRng = Application.ActiveSheet.Range("E1")
xRng.Value = xRng.Value - TimeSerial(0, 0, 1)
If xRng.Value <= 0 Then
    MsgBox "Countdown complete."
    Exit Sub
End If
Call Timer
End Sub

Tip: E1 in the above code indicates the time cell you type in the step 2.

5. Click Run button or press F5 to run the countdown timer. Now the time is counted down.


6. And when the countdown is finished, a popped out dialog will remind you.


Tip: You cannot stop the countdown when it is running except closing the workbook.

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    Monika · 7 months ago
    No entiendo cómo tengo que solucionar para que el cronómetro mno se pare cuando introduzco un valor. Si se para al trabajar en el excel, para que quiero un cronómetro y paraquesirve el boton parar? Gracias
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    thea · 1 years ago
    hi the timer is running now. the problem is it stops automatically when using other workbooks. how can i keep it running?
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    viraj · 1 years ago
    i want to get about 100 down time readings to my excel sheet.please help me. impossible to write the codes for i2c circuit. i don't want led display. plz help me
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    melvin · 1 years ago
    Please a i need to create a timer on my Excel sheet in form that it will be a count down to a particular for example 45 days every 5 days it give a reminder on the sheet with a specific color for each countdown. i need it asap.

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    Martin S · 1 years ago
    To stop the timer when you enter values into certain cells, you would use "Worksheet_Change", just include the range you want to listen to, you'll also need to create a global boolean so when you change anything within a cell range, it would set this boolean to false, so the next time it jumps into the "Time" sub procedure, it would instead check to see if the boolean is false, if you add "If TimerActive = False Then Exit Sub", at the beginning of the "Timer" sub, it will exit if that boolean returns false.

    Then inside "Worksheet_Change" you will want to add "TimerActive = True" at the beginning of the code, and something like the following code anywhere.

    If Not Intersect(Target, Range("B2:C57")) Is Nothing Then
    TimerActive = False
    End If