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QUESTION: Hello sir,

I am creating a time-sheet where i need a solution for the following,

1.) i have a validation list from where if i select anything, then in the next cell we see the time which i have created by using "if" and "=Now()" formula, But the time captured will not get freeze. it will change the time if i select second item from the validation list

Can you please help me how to freeze the time automatically (without using Ctrl + shift + :)

ANSWER: Hello Sainath,

There are two ways to handle this:
1. Instead of using Now function, you can try using the keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl + ; updates the date, Ctrl + Shift + ; (effectively Ctrl + :) updates the time stamp.

This will mean that every time you update the data, you will need to press Ctrl + ; to update the date and time. This potentially means more work.

2. Alternatively, you could try using a macro to do the job for you.

Hope this helps,

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QUESTION: Thank you very much for your reply sir,
I want to freeze the time automatically (without using Ctrl + shift + :)

I am OK for macro and i know the code as

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
My Code
End Sub

But here this maco will run every time i change the cell
I want to use it like if i select "Yes" then and only then this Private Sub will run

Thank you

Hello Sainath,

Can you mail me a format of your file, I have one idea that might work, but it's hard to explain it, I can build it into your format and send it to you.
Please mail to, please mention AllExperts in the subject.

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