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How to save an Excel filename with timestamp?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2022-08-26

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


arrow blue right bubble Save an Excel filename with timestamp with VBA code

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 (replace the file name with timestamp)

Sub SaveAsFilenameWithTimestamp()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20191223
Dim xWb As Workbook
Dim xStrDate As String
Dim xFileName As Variant
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
If xFileName = False Then
Else
  xWb.SaveAs (xFileName)
End If
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 followed by the original file name instead of replacing it, please apply the below VBA code.

VBA code: Save an Excel filename with timestamp (Insert timestamp followed by the original file name)

Sub AddTimestampToFileName()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20191223
Dim xWb As Workbook
Dim xStr As String
Dim xStrOldName As String
Dim xStrDate As String
Dim xFileName As Variant
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
If xFileName = False Then
Else
  xWb.SaveAs (xFileName)
End If
Application.DisplayAlerts = True
End Sub

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To whom it may concern,
I try to implied your code "VBA code: Save an Excel filename with timestamp (Insert timestamp within original file name)" at https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/4413-excel-timestamp-filename.html. BUT it stop at new file name with timestamp Save As dialogue box. If I want to auto save continuous after Save As shown dialogue box, Close all workbook and close application. What VBA code you recommend to end this job? Please help.

Please answer me at misterxyz123@gmail
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Hi Mr.X,
After running the code, all opened workbooks (except for the currently using workbook) are saved as new files with timestamp followed by the original file name then closed automatically. Please give it a try. Thank you.
Please specify a folder to save the files in this line: xPath = "C:\Users\Win10x64Test\Desktop\file with timestamp\"
Sub AddTimestampToFileName()
    'Updated by Extendoffice 20220826
    Dim xWb As Workbook
    Dim xStr As String
    Dim xPath As String
    Dim xStrDate As String
    Dim xFileName As String
    Application.DisplayAlerts = False
    
    
    xPath = "C:\Users\Win10x64Test\Desktop\file with timestamp\"
    xFileName = ActiveWorkbook.Name
    xStrDate = " " & Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss")
    For Each xWb In Workbooks
        If xWb.Name <> xFileName Then
            If Dir(xWb.FullName) <> "" Then
                xStr = Left(xWb.Name, InStrRev(xWb.Name, ".") - 1)
                xWb.SaveAs Filename:=xPath & Replace(xWb.Name, xStr, xStr & xStrDate)
            Else
                xWb.SaveAs Filename:=xPath & xWb.Name & xStrDate & ".xlsx"
            End If
        xWb.Close
        End If
    Next
    
    xStr = Left(xFileName, InStrRev(xFileName, ".") - 1)
    ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:=xPath & Replace(xFileName, xStr, xStr & xStrDate)
    Application.DisplayAlerts = True
    
End Sub
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Is it possible to embed the code and tell it where to save the file rather than individually select the save path each time?
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This works except when the user presses the cancel button, it still creates a file called "false".
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Hi Jason,
Thank you for reminding me. The codes are updated.
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Would it be possible to modify it to remove the previous timestamp and save it as in the same directory?
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Good day,
Sorry can't help you with that.
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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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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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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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You cannot use the character ":" in file names
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Is there a version of this that works for Word documents?
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