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How to repeat or loop a Macro every X minutes in Excel?

While working with Microsoft Excel, you may need to create Macros to achieve some operations. For example, you want to create a Macro to automatically copy a range of data to a new place. As the data will be changed frequently, you need this Macro to automatically run every 5 minutes without manually triggering it in order to synchronize these two ranges of data. How to achieve it? Method in this article can help you.

Repeat or loop a Macro every X minutes in Excel


Repeat or loop a Macro every X minutes in Excel

The following VBA code can help you to repeat a Macro every X minutes in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys at the same time to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Code window. See screenshot:

VBA code: Repeat or loop a Macro every X minutes in Excel

Sub ReRunMacro()
Dim xMin As String

'Insert your code here
    xMin = GetSetting(AppName:="Kutools", Section:="Macro", Key:="min", Default:="")
    If xMin = "Exit" Then
    SaveSetting "Kutools", "Macro", "min", "False"
    Exit Sub
    End If
    If (xMin = "") Or (xMin = "False") Then
      xMin = Application.InputBox(prompt:="Please input the interval time you need to repeat the Macro", Title:="Kutools for Excel", Type:=2)
      SaveSetting "Kutools", "Macro", "min", xMin
    End If
    If (xMin <> "") And (xMin <> "False") Then
      Application.OnTime Now() + TimeValue("0:" + xMin + ":0"), "ReRunMacro"
    Else
      Exit Sub
    End If
End Sub

Note: In the code, please replace this line ‘Insert your code here with the code you will run every X minutes.

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. In the popping up Kutools for Excel dialog box, please enter the interval time you will repeat the macro based on, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

From now on, the certain Macro will run repeatedly every 5 minutes in your workbook.

Note: If you need to stop the execution of the macro and change the interval of the cycle, please copy the below VBA code into the same Module window and press the F5 key to run the code. Then the Macro will be stopped, please rerun the above code to specify a new interval.

VBA code: Stop the execution of the macro

Sub ExitReRunMacro()
SaveSetting "Kutools", "Macro", "min", "Exit"
End Sub

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Great one! Please how do i stop the loop after say 10 times?
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Good Day,
You can get into the Code window to break the code (click on the Break button) manually to stop the loop.
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Good day! I did not understand how to break the macro code to set the loop execution time again.Could you describe in more detail how to do this? Where is the value of the run cycle time recorded?
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Hi Jack,
My mistake.
A new VBA code which can stop the macro has been added at the end of the article. Please have a try. Thank you for your comment.
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Thanks for this, works a treat. I'm a novice to coding so please forgive me if this is simple...

How do I get the dialog box to appear again? I have it stuck on a 1 minute loop. Thanks.
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Good Day,
Just break the code and run it again.
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Hi!
This is great, but is there a way to get it to loop back up to the first row of the spreadsheet before beginning again?


Thanks!
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Tell me more how to stop the execution of the macro and change the interval of the cycle?
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Tell me more how to stop the execution of the macro and change the interval of the cycle?
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Good daty,
A new VBA code which can stop the macro has been added at the end of the article. Please have a try. Thank you for your comment.
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Please provide a Code for :


"How to repeat or loop a Macro every X Seconds in Excel"


Thank you
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Hi,
Please change the line "Application.OnTime Now() + TimeValue("0:" + xMin + ":0"), "ReRunMacro"" to
Application.OnTime Now() + TimeValue("0:" + "0:" + xMin), "ReRunMacro"
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Hey
I have a query, your codes works perfectly fine and copies the data in my next columns every 5 minutes but after 3 hours all my columns get full as it is 2003 excel. Could you please help me with a code to check if no other column is vacant then create a new sheet and copy paste data into that sheet
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Hello, Just help me out on "insert your code here". I am a novice and need help on what to fill and how ! ThanksI am not getting it right
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Hi Padma,
The "insert your code here" indicate the VBA code you use to achieve some operation in Excel. Supposing you need to apply VBA to move a row to another sheet based on a specific value, and want to run the code every X minutes automatically, you need to place the VBA code here.
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Hi, I messed up and set the time as 0.5 and now I cannot chage it, any ideas how to change the xMin Setting?
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Hi David.

As we mentioned at the end of the post, if you need to stop the execution of the macro and change the interval of the cycle, please copy the below VBA code into the same Module window and press the F5 key to run the code. Then the Macro will be stopped, please rerun the above code to specify a new interval.



Sub ExitReRunMacro()

SaveSetting "Kutools", "Macro", "min", "Exit"

End Sub
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Hey, Thanks! but im afraid the marco doenst even run, when I press F5 excel sends me this error msgs: Run time error 13 'Type Missmatch".



I deleted it, but If I try to create it again the same error msg appears, my only guess is that I set the time as 0.5 and in the code, so no idea how to modify it now.



Thanks Again for your help.
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Hi very useful, however I think I messed up and set the time as 0.5 and now I cannot chage it, any ideas how to change the xMin Setting?
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How to create a macro in excel with continuous loop and pressed key would be only pg up and pg down
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Hi Jack,By mistake I entered 0.5 mins and it shows an error,
I mean xMin is taken as 0.5 minutes.
How to get rid and change it to 1 min?
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Hi LIMCA,
Sorry for the inconvenience. The code does not support entering decimals.

Please stop the the looping by running the below VBA code, and then rerun the looping code and enter 1 into the popping up dialog box.

Sub ExitReRunMacro()

SaveSetting "Kutools", "Macro", "min", "Exit"

End Sub
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I am pasting the code below in which I have replaced the line to enter the code with my code. The error I am getting is- Compile error: Expected End Sub. Kindly help.

Sub ReRunMacro()
Dim xMin As String
Sub Refresh()
'
' Refresh Macro
'

'
Sheets("Sheet1").Select
ActiveWorkbook.RefreshAll
Sheets("Pivot-Dash").Select
End Sub


xMin = GetSetting(AppName:="Kutools", Section:="Macro", Key:="min", Default:="")
If xMin = "Exit" Then
SaveSetting "Kutools", "Macro", "min", "False"
Exit Sub
End If
If (xMin = "") Or (xMin = "False") Then
xMin = Application.InputBox(prompt:="Please input the interval time you need to repeat the Macro", Title:="Kutools for Excel", Type:=2)
SaveSetting "Kutools", "Macro", "min", xMin
End If
If (xMin <> "") And (xMin <> "False") Then
Application.OnTime Now() + TimeValue("0:" + xMin + ":0"), "ReRunMacro"
Else
Exit Sub
End If
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Good day,You need to remove the Sub line and the End Sub line from your code.<div data-tag="code">Sub Refresh()
'
' Refresh Macro
'

'
Sheets("Sheet1").Select
ActiveWorkbook.RefreshAll
Sheets("Pivot-Dash").Select
End SubChange to:<div data-tag="code">'
' Refresh Macro
'

'
Sheets("Sheet1").Select
ActiveWorkbook.RefreshAll
Sheets("Pivot-Dash").Select
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có cách nào dừng macro khi tắt file và macro tự khởi động lại khi mở lại file không add
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In Excel 365 I'm getting a Run-time error '13' Type mismatch on the following line: Application.OnTime Now() + TimeValue("0:" + "0:" + xMin), "ReRunMacro"
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Hi Ron Franklin,I tried  it in Excel 365, but this problem could not be reproduced. 
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Compile error:

Expected End Sub

Mam przekopiowane dokładnie jak jest napisane wyzej i nie moge odnaleźć problemu
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Hi Pawid,
Can you provide a screenshot of the error and the highlighted row in the vba code? The problem could not be reproduced in my case. Sorry for the inconvinience.
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