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VBA – Wait, Delay, Create a Timer While Running Code

Wait or Delay in VBA

There are many instances when a timer could be useful in Excel, here is one method to try:

Sub MyTimer()
Application.Wait Now + TimeValue("00:00:05")
MsgBox ("5 seconds")
End Sub
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vba timerA couple uses of a timer in Excel VBA are pausing code and measuring elapsed time. The following will take you to the respective place I’ve posted an example of each use:

1. Pause code execution for a desired amount of time with Application.Wait (simulating a timer)
link: Hide Excel
2. Measure elapsed time with a Timer in VBA
link: Benchmarking Code

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Wait or Delay in Access VBA

You can also use the methods above in Access VBA.  For example, you might like to know how long it takes to move through a recordset.

Sub LoopThroughRecords()
   Dim Count As Long
   Dim BenchMark As Double
   BenchMark = Timer
'Start of Code to Test
   Set dbs = CurrentDb
   Set rst = dbs.OpenRecordset("tblInvoices", dbOpenDynaset)
   With rst
      Do Until .EOF = True
   End With
'End of Code to Test
   MsgBox "It took " & Timer - BenchMark & " seconds to loop"
End Sub


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