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Excel/Forula to enter todays date, but not update


Column A are blank cells for the user to type in someone's last name. Column B is shows the submission date for the form.

I would like for cell B6 through B26 to automatically enter today's date if any text (last name) is entered into the adjacent cell (so if I type any text in A6, the date appears in B6). This formula works great (with the cell formatted) =IF(ISTEXT($A6),TODAY(),"").

My issue, as you can see is that it will update daily and I need the date to stay the same once entered (i.e. the submission date).

Is there anyway to automate this with a formula and or VBA?

VBA answer... right-click the sheet tab and select VIEW CODE, then paste this macro into the sheet module that appears:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim cell As Range

If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A:A")) Is Nothing Then
    For Each cell In Intersect(Target, Range("A:A"))
        If Len(cell) > 0 And Len(cell.Offset(, 1)) = 0 Then cell.Offset(, 1) = Now
    Next cell
End If

End Sub

Then close the VBEditor.  That should do it.
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