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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

Update date and time by a Command Button with VBA code

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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How do i update the code to put the time/date stamp in the cell NEXT to the button so it applies to each row thereon
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I have a question. There is a workbook that we keep on a share drive for the whole team to access. I want to add this macro to it so anytime changes are made, we can simply pres the button and the time and date will auto populate at a click. Now here is the question, from this workbook, data is pulled to other workbooks if I save a new file as "Macro-Enabled" and delete the old "Non-Macro" workbook, will the data continue to pull from this new workbook or will I need to fix all the other workbooks.
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Hi Michelle,
After saving the workbook as an Macro-Enabled Excel workbook, the code still works fine.
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Awesome! Thanks for this tutorial.

However, how do i insert ONLY the date in DD/MM/YYYY format?
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You can format the output cell as Short Date formatting to solve the problem.
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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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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
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