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How to insert timestamp automatically when data is updated in another column in Google sheet?

If you have a range of cells and you want to insert a timestamp automatically into the adjacent cell when the data is modified or updated in another column. How could you solve this task in Google sheet?

Insert timestamp automatically when data is updated in another column with script code


Insert timestamp automatically when data is updated in another column with script code


The following script code can help you to finish this job quickly and easily, please do as this:

1. Click Tools > Script editor, see screenshot:

2. In the opened project window, please copy and paste the below script code to replace the original code, see screenshot:

function onEdit(e)
{ 
  var sheet = e.source.getActiveSheet();
  if (sheet.getName() == "order data") //"order data" is the name of the sheet where you want to run this script.
  {
    var actRng = sheet.getActiveRange();
    var editColumn = actRng.getColumn();
    var rowIndex = actRng.getRowIndex();
    var headers = sheet.getRange(1, 1, 1, sheet.getLastColumn()).getValues();
    var dateCol = headers[0].indexOf("Date") + 1;
    var orderCol = headers[0].indexOf("Order") + 1;
    if (dateCol > 0 && rowIndex > 1 && editColumn == orderCol) 
    { 
      sheet.getRange(rowIndex, dateCol).setValue(Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), "UTC+8", "MM-dd-yyyy")); 
    }
  }
}

Note: In the above code, order data is the sheet name that you want to use, Date is the column header which you want to insert timestamp, and Order is the column header which cell values you want to be updated. Please change them to your need.

3. Then save the project window, and enter a name for this new project, see screenshot:

4. And then go back to the sheet, now, when the data in Order column is modified, the current timestamp is inserted into the cell of Date column automatically which is adjacent to the modified cell, see screenshot:


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    eddie · 3 months ago
    hi when i run this script it give me a error on line 3 ? can someone help me get this fix please
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      Carlotta · 2 months ago
      Same problem here.
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      skyyang · 3 months ago
      Hello, eddie,
      Could you change the sheet name in the above code to your own sheet?
      Please check it, thank you!
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        eddie · 3 months ago
        function onEdit()
        {
        var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
        var capture = sheet.getActiveCell();
        if (sheet.getName() == "Jewel Inbound trailer") //"order data" is the name of the sheet where you want to run this script.
        {
        var actRng = sheet.getActiveRange();
        var editColumn = actRng.getColumn();
        var rowIndex = actRng.getRowIndex();
        var headers = sheet.getRange(1, 1, 1, sheet.getLastColumn()).getValues();
        var dateCol = headers[0].indexOf("Time") + 1;
        var orderCol = headers[0].indexOf("Tractor") + 1;
        if (dateCol > 0 && rowIndex > 1 && editColumn == orderCol)
        {
        sheet.getRange(rowIndex, dateCol).setValue(Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), "UTC-6", "MM-dd-yyyy"));
        }
        }
        }
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          eddie · 2 months ago
          can someone help me to make this work correctly on google sheets


          thank you
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            Javier · 2 months ago
            It didn't work for me
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            skyyang · 2 months ago
            Hello, eddie,
            I have tried your code, it works well in my Google sheet, please try it again! Thank you!
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    isrami · 4 months ago
    can we change this to track changes on certain range of column instead of column? assuming that our column to be tracked is at the middle of our sheet?
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    Sarah · 4 months ago
    How do you track changes on more than one column though? Using your example, how do you edit the script to track changes in both "product" and "order" columns?
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    Simón Blanco · 4 months ago
    Existe una manera de hacer esto pero que la fecha se introduzca sólo si se escribe una palabra específica?
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    Ricardo · 5 months ago
    Genial, excelente, es lo que estaba buscando, muchas gracias, saludos
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    Juan Hernnandez · 5 months ago
    Awesome! Thanks
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    Daniel Méndez · 8 months ago
    Hola, hice los pasos que mencionas pero me aparece un error: TypeError: No se puede leer la propiedad "source" de undefined. (línea 3, archivo "Código")
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      Fabricio Rodrigues · 7 months ago
      I fix it whit this code.


      function onEdit() {
      var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
      var capture = sheet.getActiveCell();
      if (sheet.getName() == "Updates") //"Updates" is the sheet name.
      if(capture.getColumn() == 1 ) {
      var add = capture.offset(0, 1); //"0" is the line in reference the cell updated, ''0'' same line, "1" reference at column "1" is 1 column to the right.
      var data = new Date();
      data = Utilities.formatDate(data, "GMT-03:00","dd/MM' 'HH:mm' '");
      add.setValue(data);
      }

      }
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        Jorge · 6 months ago
        Hi Fabricio!

        On the 1 I have to write the Date column (where I want to get the date) and on 0 column where I write text?
        Do I need "" or similar?

        Thanks!
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          Fabricio Rodrigues · 6 months ago
          Hello Jorge, no, you just need to write the number referente to column, like A = 1 , B = 2 .....
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    Rej · 8 months ago
    Good day! I'm just wondering if it's possible to add a code for the timestamp to automatically disappear once the main cell has been cleared. Thank!
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    ScottC · 8 months ago
    How should the script be modified to look for changes in a contiguous range of columns rather than a single column? e.g. trigger the script if there are changes in columns labeled, "Amount", "Category" and "Type" rather than the single column labeled "Order" in the example script.
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    Annette · 10 months ago
    Hey! I got this code "Missing } after function body. (line 18, file "Code")" How do I fix this issue? Thank you so much! This is amazing!
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    James · 1 years ago
    Hi
    I got the code working, thanks!
    If I would like to include mutiple columns, how would I alter the code?
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      Blaze · 11 months ago
      I am trying to do the same, any luck figuring this out?
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    Nicky · 1 years ago
    Hi I face an error TypeError: Cannot read property "source" from undefined. (line 3, file "Code")
    Able to help on this
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    Willy · 1 years ago
    Thanks for this code, it's exactly what I need. The only problem is I am running a script that sends some data to google sheet, but the time stamp doesn't trigger for this data, only when I edit the cell manually. Any advice?
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    Ryan · 1 years ago
    I am getting an error "TypeError: Cannot read property "source" from undefined. (line 3, file "Code"). Do I have to provide the link of the sheet in this line?


    thanks,


    Ryan
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    Kurtis Lipman · 1 years ago
    HI there,


    I'm looking to do the equivalent get a timestamp in the "date" column whenever the "Order" is updated, but also whenever the "Delivery Status" or "Payment Status" is updated as well (making up column heading but I hope you get my drift).

    Is this possible?


    Thanks
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    Mahdi · 1 years ago
    I love this script. How do I only get this to Print Time instead of DATE? That is what I need
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hello,

      you also can apply the following code, but, you should change the time zone to your own. Please try it.

      function onEdit(e)
      {
      var sheet = e.source.getActiveSheet();
      if (sheet.getName() == "order data") //"order data" is the name of the sheet where you want to run this script.
      {
      var actRng = sheet.getActiveRange();
      var editColumn = actRng.getColumn();
      var rowIndex = actRng.getRowIndex();
      var headers = sheet.getRange(1, 1, 1, sheet.getLastColumn()).getValues();
      var dateCol = headers[0].indexOf("Date") + 1;
      var orderCol = headers[0].indexOf("Order") + 1;
      if (dateCol > 0 && rowIndex > 1 && editColumn == orderCol)
      {
      sheet.getRange(rowIndex, dateCol).setValue(Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), "GMT+8:00", "HH:mm:ss"));
      }
      }
      }
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        Scott Ratner · 1 years ago
        How do I make it have both Time and Date?


        Thanks.


        Scott
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          Some · 11 months ago
          You can simply add hh:mm:ss after the date in line 14 of the code (copied below). Note: I had to change the UTC+8 to GMT-5 to get it to stamp the correct time for US Eastern.

          sheet.getRange(rowIndex, dateCol).setValue(Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), "GMT-5", "MM-dd-yyyy hh:mm:ss"));
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            Marco · 1 days ago
            Hi

            Can you help me please? I need to display the Central America time, I have changed the time zone to GTM-6 but it does not work, it still shows me Pacific time, (6 hours apart)

            Regards
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            iqbal · 7 months ago
            Thank you, it's works
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          skyyang · 1 years ago
          Hi, Scott,

          To make the column have both date and time, you should apply the following script code. After inserting the code, and then select the column that you want to insert the date and time, then click Format > Number > Date time to format the cells as date time formatting.

          function onEdit(e)
          {
          var sheet = e.source.getActiveSheet();
          if (sheet.getName() == "order data") //"order data" is the name of the sheet where you want to run this script.
          {
          var actRng = sheet.getActiveRange();
          var editColumn = actRng.getColumn();
          var rowIndex = actRng.getRowIndex();
          var headers = sheet.getRange(1, 1, 1, sheet.getLastColumn()).getValues();
          var dateCol = headers[0].indexOf("Date") + 1;
          var orderCol = headers[0].indexOf("Order") + 1;
          if (dateCol > 0 && rowIndex > 1 && editColumn == orderCol)
          {
          sheet.getRange(rowIndex, dateCol).setValue(new Date());
          }
          }
          }

          Please try it, hope it can help you!
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      Basir · 1 years ago
      Change the last line to sheet.getRange(rowIndex, dateCol).setValue(new Date());
      This will return a date time, but you can show only the time if you want from Format -> Number -> Time
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    PatKat · 1 years ago
    Hi. Thanks for the solution. I have a shared file and I would like the time to be reflected when anyone edits the sheet. Currently, this works only when I edit the sheet. How do I do that? Thanks in advance :)
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    césar pereira · 1 years ago
    I also would like to know how to lock that cell after the information is inserted in the previous cell.
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      jv · 10 days ago
      i have the same question
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    césar pereira · 1 years ago
    Hi there, thanks for the code it worked perfectly for what i needed. However I would need your help to know how to add a condition for this date to appear.
    In fact, I would like to have this date only when numbers are inserted and nothing else.
    Do you know what I should add to the code for that?
    I am not a coder at all, only a copy paster, this is why I really need help and can't figure it out by myself.
    thanks a lot already for your help

    cesar
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    Jeff Oxford · 1 years ago
    Do I need to run the function in the script editor for this to work? I keep getting this error when I try it: TypeError: Cannot read property "source" from undefined. (line 3, file "Code")
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      Nathan · 1 years ago
      Hi there!
      I had this issue too. It ended up being that I renamed my file to "order data", but my sheet name was still "Sheet1" once I renamed the sheet and not the workbook to "order data" everything worked.
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    David · 1 years ago
    can this be modified to apply to any sheet?