This article illustrates how to timestamp in excel when a cell changes. You may need to keep track of data entries in the cells of a particular column. For example, you have reserved column B to input data. Now you want the timestamp in an adjacent cell in column C when a cell is updated in column B. This article will help you to do that in 2 effective ways.

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## 2 Ways to Insert Timestamp in Excel When Cell Changes

### 1. Use IF, AND, NOW and Other Functions to Insert Timestamp in Excel

Follow the steps below to get a timestamp using formulas when a cell changes.

📌 **Steps**

- First press
**ALT+F+T**to open**Excel Options**. Then go to the**Formulas**tab. Next, check the**Enable iterative calculation**checkbox. Then, set the**Maximum Iterations**to 1. After that, click OK.

- Now, enter the following formula in cell
**C5**. Then, drag the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula to the cells below.

`=IF(AND(B5<>"",D5<>B5),NOW(),IF(B5="","",C5))`

- Then, enter the following formula in cell
**D5**. Next drag the**Fill Handle**icon to the cells below as earlier.

`=IF(B5="","",IF(OR(C5="",AND(ISNUMBER(D5),B5=D5)),D5,B5))`

- Now, start entering values in the cells in
**column B**. After that, you will get the following result. Here,**column D**is a helper column. You can hide it by right-clicking after selecting the column.

- Alternatively, you can just enter the following formula in cell
**C5**to get the same result.

`=IF(B5<>"",IF(C5="",NOW(),C5),"")`

- You may need to change the formatting of the cells in
**column C**. Select the column by clicking the column number at the top. Then press**CTRL+1**to open the**Format Cells**dialog box. Now, click on the**Custom**number format. Next, enter**d-mmm-yyyy hh:mm:ss AM/PM**in the**Type**field. Finally, click OK.

**Formula Breakdown:**

**Formula in Cell C5:**

**➤ IF(B5=””,””,C5))**The

**IF function**returns nothing if cell

**B5**is empty. Otherwise, returns the same value stored in

**C5**.

**➤ NOW()**The

**NOW function**returns the current date and time.

**➤ AND(B5<>””,D5<>B5)**The

**AND function**returns

**TRUE**if both arguments are true i.e cell

**B5**is not empty

**and**cells

**B5**and

**D5**do not have the same value.

**➤ IF(AND(B5<>””,D5<>B5),NOW(),IF(B5=””,””,C5))**If the

**AND function**returns

**TRUE**, then the

**IF function**returns the current date and time obtained from the

**NOW function**. Otherwise, it returns the result obtained from the argument containing the

**IF function**.

**Formula in Cell D5:**

**➤ ISNUMBER(D5)**The

**ISNUMBER function**returns

**TRUE**if cell

**D5**contains a number. Otherwise, it returns

**False**.

**➤ AND(ISNUMBER(D5),B5=D5)**The

**AND function**returns

**TRUE**if cell

**D5**contains a number and cells

**B5**and

**D5**have the same value. It returns

**FALSE**otherwise.

**➤ OR(C5=””,AND(ISNUMBER(D5),B5=D5))**The

**OR function**returns

**TRUE**if any one of the arguments is true i.e cell

**C5**is empty or the

**AND function**returns

**TRUE**. It returns

**FALSE**if all of the arguments are false.

**➤ IF(OR(C5=””,AND(ISNUMBER(D5),B5=D5)),D5,B5)**The

**IF function**returns the same value stored in cell

**D5**if the

**OR function**returns

**TRUE**. Otherwise, it returns the value of cell

**B5**.

**➤ IF(B5=””,””,IF(OR(C5=””,AND(ISNUMBER(D5),B5=D5)),D5,B5))**The

**IF function**returns nothing if cell

**B5**is empty. Otherwise, it returns the result obtained from the argument containing the

**IF function**.

**Read More: How to Insert Excel Timestamp When Cell Changes Without VBA (3 Ways)**

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### 2. Apply VBA Code to Insert Timestamp in Excel When Cell Changes

You can also get a timestamp in excel when a cell changes using VBA. Follow the steps below to be able to do that.

📌 **Steps**

- First, right-click on the target worksheet tab. Then, select
**View Code**. This will open the code module for that particular worksheet.

- Next, copy the following code using the copy button in the upper right corner.

```
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim CellCol, TimeCol, Row, Col As Integer
Dim DpRng, Rng As Range
CellCol = 2
TimeCol = 3
Row = Target.Row
Col = Target.Column
If Row <= 4 Then Exit Sub
Timestamp = Format(Now, "DD-MM-YYYY HH:MM:SS AM/PM")
If Target.Text <> "" Then
If Col = CellCol Then
Cells(Row, TimeCol) = Timestamp
Else
On Error Resume Next
Set DpRng = Target.Dependents
For Each Rng In DpRng
If Rng.Column = CellCol Then
Cells(Rng.Row, TimeCol) = Timestamp
End If
Next
End If
End If
End Sub
```

- After that, paste the copied code on the blank module as shown below.

- Next, save the document as a
**macro-enabled workbook**. Now, start entering data in the cells in column B. Then you will get the same results as earlier.

**VBA Code Explanation:**

**Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)**We will write the code inside this private subprocedure. The code will only affect the particular worksheet.

**Dim CellCol, TimeCol, Row, Col As Integer****Dim DpRng, Rng As Range**

Declaring necessary variables.

**CellCol = 2**

Data entry column.

**TimeCol = 3**

Timestamp column.

**Row = Target.Row****Col = Target.Column**

Storing the row and column numbers of the selected cell.

**If Row <= 4 Then Exit Sub**

Any changes within the top 4 rows won’t create a timestamp.

**Timestamp = Format(Now, “DD-MM-YYYY HH:MM:SS AM/PM”)**

The timestamp will be formatted this way. Change it as required.

**If Target.Text <> “” Then****If Col = CellCol Then****Cells(Row, TimeCol) = Timestamp**

Create a timestamp if the selected cell is empty.

**On Error Resume Next**

Ignores any error if occurs.

**Set DpRng = Target.Dependents****For Each Rng In DpRng****If Rng.Column = CellCol Then****Cells(Rng.Row, TimeCol) = Timestamp**

Create timestamps for a range of cells if not empty.

**Read More: How to Automatically Insert Timestamp Data Entries in Excel (5 Methods)**

## Things to Remember

- You need to use a custom format for the cells in column B to get a properly formatted timestamp.
- The alternate formula only works when data is entered in blank cells.
- Here, the data entry and the timestamp column are hard coded in the VBA code. You need to modify the code based on your dataset.

## Conclusion

Now you know how to timestamp in excel when a cell changes. Do you have any further queries or suggestions? Please use the comment section below for that. You can also visit our **ExcelDemy** blog to explore more about excel. Stay with us and keep learning.

Hello Md. Shamim Reza,

This has been very helpful, thank you for your assistance!

Would you be able to provide the alteration to the code necessary for this to work for a row instead of a column?

Could you provide the changes if it were for multiple rows?

I appreciate your help,

Brian

Thank you, Brian for the comment. You can use the following code to insert timestamp when value from a specific row change:

The following shows it working.

Now, for your second part of the comment. You can use this code for multiple rows:

The animated image shows it is working for two rows.

Regards

Bishawajit, on behalf of ExcelDemyHello Bishawajit,

Do you know how to change this VBA for multiple collumns starting from row 2 all thay down . Thank you

Thank you, RAFAL, for your wonderful question.

Here is the solution to your question.

This is the VBA code we have applied for multiple columns starting from row 2.

Now, for a better understanding of the output, you can see the below image.

I hope this may solve your issue.

Raiyan, on behalf ofExcelDemy