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How to create stopwatch in Excel worksheet?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2023-01-31

If there is a stopwatch in your worksheet, you will know the time to finish a job. How can you create a stopwatch in a sheet with a Start, Stop, and Reset Button as following screenshot shown? If you click the Start button, it will start time, if you click Stop button, it will stop time, and the Reset button can help you to reset time. This article, I will talk about how to create a simple and handy stopwatch in Excel.

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Create a stopwatch with three buttons by using VBA code


Create a stopwatch with three buttons by using VBA code

To create a stopwatch with three buttons, Start, Stop and Reset, please do with the following steps one by one.

Firstly, insert three command buttons.

1. Click Developer > Insert > Command Button, see screenshot:

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2. Then drag the mouse to draw a button, after inserting the button, you can change the button caption, please click Developer > Properties, in the Properties dialog, enter the new caption “Start” for this button in the textbox beside the Caption, see screenshots:

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3. Repeat the above two steps to insert other two buttons and caption them as “Stop” and “Reset”, see screenshot:

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4. After inserting the buttons, you should exit the design mode by clicking Developer > Design Mode.

Secondly, create a VBA code.

5. And then, right click the current worksheet tab, and choose View Code, in the popped out Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the following code into the Sheet Code:

VBA code: Create stopwatch:

Public StopIt As Boolean
Public ResetIt As Boolean
Public LastTime
Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
Dim StartTime, FinishTime, TotalTime, PauseTime
StopIt = False
ResetIt = False
If Range("C2") = 0 Then
  StartTime = Timer
  PauseTime = 0
  LastTime = 0
Else
  StartTime = 0
  PauseTime = Timer
End If
StartIt:
  DoEvents
  If StopIt = True Then
    LastTime = TotalTime
    Exit Sub
  Else
    FinishTime = Timer
    TotalTime = FinishTime - StartTime + LastTime - PauseTime
    TTime = TotalTime * 100
    HM = TTime Mod 100
    TTime = TTime \ 100
    hh = TTime \ 3600
    TTime = TTime Mod 3600
    MM = TTime \ 60
    SS = TTime Mod 60
    Range("C2").Value = Format(hh, "00") & ":" & Format(MM, "00") & ":" & Format(SS, "00") & "." & Format(HM, "00")
    If ResetIt = True Then
      Range("C2") = Format(0, "00") & ":" & Format(0, "00") & ":" & Format(0, "00") & "." & Format(0, "00")
      LastTime = 0
      PauseTime = 0
      End
    End If
    GoTo StartIt
  End If
End Sub
Private Sub CommandButton2_MouseDown(ByVal Button As Integer, ByVal Shift As Integer, ByVal X As Single, ByVal Y As Single)
  StopIt = True
End Sub
Private Sub CommandButton3_Click()
  Range("C2").Value = Format(0, "00") & ":" & Format(0, "00") & ":" & Format(0, "00") & "." & Format(0, "00")
  LastTime = 0
  ResetIt = True
End Sub

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Note: In the above code, C2 is the cell where the stopwatch time will be inserted, and the CommandButton1, CommandButton2, CommandButton3 are the button names, you can view the exact button name from the Name Box, see screenshot:

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Thirdly, format the stopwatch time cell.

6. Then you should format the time cell as Text format, and you can change the cell size, font, font color, background, etc. as you need, see screenshot:

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7. After finishing above steps, from now on, when you click Start button, the time will be start now, and click Stop button, it will stop time, the Reset button will reset the time, see screenshot:

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Demo: Create a stopwatch with three buttons by using VBA code

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One has to paste the VBA code to the Sheet's VBA space, not to the Module!

=> I suggest correcting, in the article, the "copy and paste the following code into the Module" -> replace Module with Sheet's VBA field, or sth

Otherwise, perfect, thanks!
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Hello, Florian,

Thanks for your comment, we have updated the content for this article.
Thanks again! 😀
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i started. it works. but it doesn't work when i close and open the excel file again. what must i do?
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Hello, mustafa zirek
After inputing the code, you should save the workbook as Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook format, and when you open the workbook next time, please click the Enable Content above the formula bar to activate the code.
Please have a try, hope it can help you!
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Hi! Thank you for this, how do I make it so it populates time in subsequent cells, ex. start/stop time for cell C2, then a different start/stop time for cell c3, c4, c5 etc 
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Bonjour, j'ai voulu intégrer ce chronomètre à une autre macro, déterminer le temps d'utilisation du fichier. La macro se lance mais bloque l'utilisation du fichier.Comment faire pour utiliser votre chronomètre en même temps que d'autres codes VBA?MerciHenry.
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Is it possible to use a combobox or a dropdown selection to start and stop the clock
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This is brilliant! Thanks, Chris H
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Hello
Have followed the steps but cannot get a time to appear in the timer cell. I have copied the code but can i check1. That the line numbers are not needed or are they2. That I put the code into module 1 not sheet1 or This workbook3. Should there be a macro listed in the macro list after doing all this - mine doesn't.
Thanks
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Hi, Janice,You should put the code into your active sheet module as step 5.
5. And then, right click the current worksheet tab, and choose View Code, in the popped out Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the following code into the Module.

And you should change the button name to your own.
Note: In the above code, C2 is the cell where the stopwatch time will be inserted, and the CommandButton1, CommandButton2, CommandButton3 are the button names, you can view the exact button name from the Name Box.

Please check them, thank you!
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Is it possible to get the counter to count only seconds?
So when it reaches 59 seconds, it continues with 60, 61, 62, 63 ....
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is 'timer' a variable here? dont see its relevance in the code.
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How about adding "+10s" & "2x Speed" feature in this code?
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