Static timestamp in excel

I'd like to be able to add a timestamp at the click of a button to an excel cell. Unfortunately doing =Now() will always update to the current time, and thus is not static.

I could do F5 in notepad, and then transfer it to excel, but i'd rather cut out the middle man.



Create a button next to a cell.

Then for the VBA code inside of that button's "onclick" event do something like this:

Sheets("Sheetname").Range("C1").value = time()

Or for date & time

Sheets("Sheetname").Range("C1").value = Now()

Either way only when the button is clicked will the value of that cell be set to the current time.


If you've never inserted a button object into excel here is a step-by-step guide for Excel 2003,2007, and 2010


If you only want to add the timestamp to the currently selected cell then use the following line of code:

ActiveCell.value = Now()

You might not really need a button if you just use Ctrl+Shift+: help says Ctrl+: but don't forget to use Shift to get that.

None of the examples I have seen really simply do what is asked. (Note Using Excel 2010)

Here is a simple macro. I saved the worksheet macro enabled and I added a QuickAccess Toolbar button to run it.

Sub MyTimeStamp()
Dim DT
' MyTimeStamp Macro
' Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+t

DT = Format(Now, "mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss AM/PM")
Selection.NumberFormat = "mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm AM/PM"
ActiveCell.Value = DT

End Sub

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