#### Can I use the NOW() function in a formula?

```I have a cell B1 that has NOW() time and another cell B2 that has NOW() date.
I am trying to have data from another cell F1 brought in to the destination
cell B3,
when a given date and time occur.
=(IF(AND(B1="23:00:00",B2="12/03/2009"),F1,"  ")
This formulas does not work.
The Clock is continuously active / always changing.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.

```
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Utf
12/3/2009 1:40:01 PM
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```The NOW() function returns both a date and a time. Even if you format the
cell to display only date/time, all the data is still retained. NOte that if
you did want just the date, you could use the TODAY() function. Your formula
literally corrected would be:

=IF(NOW()=TIMEVALUE("23:00:00")+DATEVALUE("12/03/2009"),F1,"  ")

The problem is, this criteria would only be met for a few nanoseconds!
Keeping in mind that time is stored as a decimal portion of a number, perhaps
what you really want is:
=IF(AND(TODAY()=DATEVALUE("12/03/2009"),MOD(NOW(),1)>TIMEVALUE("23:00:00")),F1," ")

Note that if you change the date and time checks to cell references, it
would make this formula slightly shorter.
--
Best Regards,

Luke M
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"Smith512" wrote:

> I have a cell B1 that has NOW() time and another cell B2 that has NOW() date.
> I am trying to have data from another cell F1 brought in to the destination
> cell B3,
> when a given date and time occur.
> =(IF(AND(B1="23:00:00",B2="12/03/2009"),F1,"  ")
> This formulas does not work.
> The Clock is continuously active / always changing.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.
>
```
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Utf
12/3/2009 1:58:01 PM
```At 3:33 PM today I entered this into a cell
=IF(TIME(HOUR(NOW()),MINUTE(NOW()),0)>=TIME(15,37,0),"X","not yet")
It displayed NOT YET
I pressed F9 every 10 seconds to recalculate the worksheet
When the time on taskbar showed 3:37 PM the cell displayed X

For the Date I would use DATE(2009,12,13) rather than DATEVALUE to be
date-format independent

=IF(AND(TODAY()=DATE(2009,12,13),TIME(HOUR(NOW()),MINUTE(NOW()),0)>=TIME(15,37,0),F1,"
")

best wishes
--
Bernard Liengme
http://people.stfx.ca/bliengme
Microsoft Excel MVP

"Smith512" <Smith512@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:36BA1B48-94AE-411E-AA65-AE990149B0AC@microsoft.com...
> I have a cell B1 that has NOW() time and another cell B2 that has NOW()
> date.
> I am trying to have data from another cell F1 brought in to the
> destination
> cell B3,
> when a given date and time occur.
> =(IF(AND(B1="23:00:00",B2="12/03/2009"),F1,"  ")
> This formulas does not work.
> The Clock is continuously active / always changing.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.
>
```
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Bernard
12/3/2009 7:44:15 PM

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