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How to insert countdown timer in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2014-09-30

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

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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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Ячейка прописана правильно. В чем причина неработоспособности?
У меня он должен встать в ячейку R3. Строка выглядит так: Set xRng = Application.ActiveSheet.Range("R3") но ошибка все равно есть: Run time error 1004.
Что может быть не так?
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Hi, you can try to check Enable VBA macros option in the Trust Center before running the code.
Click File > Options, in the Excel Options window, select Trust Center from left pane, then go to the Trust Center windown, select Macro Settings, and find this option Enable VBA macros , check it, and click OK > OK.
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After running the code it gives error on line

xRng.Value = xRng.Value - TimeSerial(0, 0, 5)

Run-time error '1004':
Application-defined or object-defined error
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Hi, MAB, you should make sure that the cell reference in code Range("E1") must be the same with the cell reference that entered the time. Please see the screenshot, the cell A1 contains time, but in the code is B1, then the error pops.
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Hola, tengo un problema con esta programación en donde el temporizador avanza en 2 segundos y no 1, que puedo hacer??
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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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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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