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Is it possible to insert a stop watch into excel spreadsheet. I need it for running a programme.
You can use the system timer to give you time elapsed bewteen 2 events, but this may not be what you are after.
Can you explain your eventual requirements a little more?
It is possible using some VBA code. The following example counts down from 60 seconds and sisplays the time remaining:
Dim AlarmTime As Date, AlarmTime2 As Date
ActiveSheet.Range("A1").Value = 60
ActiveSheet.Range("B1").Value = "Counting"
Private Sub ShowTimeLeft()
ActiveSheet.Range("A1").Value = Second(AlarmTime - Now)
Private Sub TrapTime()
AlarmTime = CDate(Date) + TimeValue(Now()) + TimeValue("00:01:00")
Application.OnTime earliesttime:=AlarmTime, procedure:="StopTimer"
Private Sub TrapTime2()
AlarmTime2 = CDate(Date) + TimeValue(Now()) + TimeValue("00:00:01")
Application.OnTime earliesttime:=AlarmTime2, procedure:="ShowTimeLeft"
Private Sub StopTimer()
On Error Resume Next
Application.OnTime earliesttime:=AlarmTime2, procedure:="showtimeleft", schedule:=False
On Error GoTo 0
ActiveSheet.Range("B1").Value = "Done"
Start Excel, ALT+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor, Insert/Module then paste in the above code. Close the VBE. From your worksheet, Tools/Macro/Macros, highlight Count_Down_Timer and click the Run button.
VoG has given you a countdown stopwatch, the following code gives you a simple time elapsed stopwatch. The start time is placed in cell A1, when B1 is clicked the time elapsed since the start is displayed in the cell.
If you wish a second time based on the original start time then you will need to select a cell other than A1 or B1.
If you select A1 the sequence will be reset.
Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
On Error Resume Next
If .Row <> 1 Or .Column > 2 Then Exit Sub
If .Column = 1 Then
ActiveCell.Value = Timer
ElseIf Range("A1") > 0 Then
Range("B1").Value = Timer - Range("A1")
could I also change this code so that it acts like a stop watch
What exactly do you mean "acts like a stop watch".
You should post back to this thread. The e-mail facility is for other things.
To just display elapsed time (as per your e-mail; please do not e-mail me)
ActiveSheet.Range("A1").Value = Now()
You need to format A1 to display time in the format you want.
Then run the above, Press ESC to start it ticking then press ESC when you want to turn it off.
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