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How to update or insert (current) date and time by a Command Button in Excel?

Normally, many Excel users tend to insert timestamp with the formula =NOW(). With this formula, the inserted timestamp will be update automatically every time you open the workbook. For manually updating date and time in a worksheet at any time, how to achieve it? This article will show you method of updating current date and time by clicking a Command Button in Excel.

Update date and time by a Command Button with VBA code

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Please do as follows to update date and time by a Command Button in Excel.

1. Insert a Command Button by clicking Developer > Insert > Command Button (ActiveX Control). See screenshot:

2. Right click the inserted Command Button, then click View Code from the right-clicking menu.

3. In the popping up Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please replace the original code with the below VBA code.

VBA code: Update date and time by a Command Button in Excel

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
    Range("A2").Value = Now()
End Sub

Note: In the code, CommandButton1 is the name of your inserted Command Button. And A2 is the cell which the update date and time will be displayed. Please change them as you need.

4. Turn off the Design Mode under the Developer tab. Click on the Command Button, then current date and time is inserted into cell A2.

And every time when you click on the Command Button, the date and time in cell A2 will be updated immediately.

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    raph · 4 months ago
    Awesome! Thanks for this tutorial.

    However, how do i insert ONLY the date in DD/MM/YYYY format?
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      crystal · 3 months ago
      You can format the output cell as Short Date formatting to solve the problem.
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    joe higham · 7 months ago
    Hi there.. this is really good basic info..

    One question - how do you modify the code to put the datestamp into the NEXT row below, each time the button is pressed? (keeping the data previously written above?)

    Thank you so much!
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      crystal · 6 months ago
      The below VBA code will work on selected cell. When you want to insert timestampe to a cell, just select it and press the button.

      Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
      Dim xRg As Range
      On Error Resume Next
      Set xRg = Selection
      xRg.Value = Now()
      End Sub