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How to save an Excel filename with timestamp?

Have you ever tried to save an Excel file with current timestamp? This article will show you method to achieve it.

Save an Excel filename with timestamp with VBA code

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You can run the below VBA code to save an Excel filename with timestamp. Please do as follows.

1. In the workbook you need to name it by current timestamp, please press the Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

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

VBA code: Save an Excel filename with timestamp

Sub test()
Dim xWb As Workbook
Dim xStrDate As String
Dim xFileName As String
Dim xFileDlg As FileDialog
Dim i As Variant
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
Set xWb = ActiveWorkbook
xStrDate = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")
If Right(xWb.Name, 4) = "xlsm" Then
  xFileName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(xStrDate, "Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook (*.xlsm),*.xlsm")
Else
  xFileName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(xStrDate, "Excel Workbook (*.xlsx),*.xlsx")
End If
  xWb.SaveAs (xFileName)
Application.DisplayAlerts = True
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. Then a Save As dialog box pops up, you can see the timestamp displaying in the File name box. Please specify a location to save this file, and then click the Save button. See screenshot:

Notes:

1. The new created Excel file will be saved with the name of current timestamp directly.

2. For those already existing Excel file, the original file name will be replaced with the timestamp.

If you only want to add timestamp within the original file name instead of replacing it, please apply the below VBA code.

VBA code: Save an Excel filename with timestamp (Insert timestamp within original file name)

Sub test()
Dim xWb As Workbook
Dim xStr As String
Dim xStrOldName As String
Dim xStrDate As String
Dim xFileName As String
Dim xFileDlg As FileDialog
Dim i As Variant
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
Set xWb = ActiveWorkbook
xStrOldName = xWb.Name
xStr = Left(xStrOldName, Len(xStrOldName) - 5)
xStrDate = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")
If Right(xStrOldName, 4) = "xlsm" Then
  xFileName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(xStr & " " & xStrDate, "Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook (*.xlsm),*.xlsm")
Else
  xFileName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(xStr & " " & xStrDate, "Excel Workbook (*.xlsx),*.xlsx")
End If
  xWb.SaveAs (xFileName)
Application.DisplayAlerts = True
End Sub

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  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    Jason · 2 months ago
    This works except when the user presses the cancel button, it still creates a file called "false".
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    Ka Hung Li · 3 months ago
    Would it be possible to modify it to remove the previous timestamp and save it as in the same directory?
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    Nathan · 2 years ago
    You can't save files with : within the filename, if you change this to nbre = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm")
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      crystal · 2 years ago
      Dear Nathan,
      The below VBA code can help to add the timestamp within the filename.

      Sub test()
      Dim xWb As Workbook
      Dim xStr As String
      Dim xStrOldName As String
      Dim xStrDate As String
      Dim xFileName As String
      Dim xFileDlg As FileDialog
      Dim i As Variant
      Application.DisplayAlerts = False
      Set xWb = ActiveWorkbook
      xStrOldName = xWb.Name
      xStr = Left(xStrOldName, Len(xStrOldName) - 5)
      xStrDate = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")
      If Right(xStrOldName, 4) = "xlsm" Then
      xFileName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(xStr & " " & xStrDate, "Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook (*.xlsm),*.xlsm")
      Else
      xFileName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(xStr & " " & xStrDate, "Excel Workbook (*.xlsx),*.xlsx")
      End If
      xWb.SaveAs (xFileName)
      Application.DisplayAlerts = True
      End Sub
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    ELIAS ARROYO · 2 years ago
    I have this below, which works perfect to save file with date stamp, BUT would not work if change to this to add time-> nbre = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm")


    nbre = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd")


    Application.DisplayAlerts = False


    ChDir "T:\Distribution Center"
    ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:="T:\Distribution Center\2. BACKLOG\DC BACKLOG " + nbre + ".xlsx", FileFormat _
    :=xlOpenXMLWorkbook, WriteResPassword:="****", CreateBackup:=False



    Can you please help what is missning???....

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      dude · 3 months ago
      You cannot use the character ":" in file names
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    Matt · 2 years ago
    Is there a version of this that works for Word documents?