I am trying to create a sheet which tracks my costs on daily basis. Instead of entering the current date everyday, I want the sheet to store the current day based on the content I enter in the Costs column.

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For the cells in column C I use the following formula:


The problem with this function is that it updates everyday. As you can see from the picture the date on C appears as the most current date although the information there was inserted days ago.


How do I achieve that the content in the cells of column C stay only on the date of insertion content to column D and they do not update everyday to the current date?

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This is related to Is there any way to create a timestamp in a Google Spreadsheet? so my answer is similar to those, but adapted to your setup.

Automatic insertion: requires Apps Script

Use the following script (Tools > Script Editor):

function onEdit(e) {
  if (e.range.getSheet().getSheetName() == 'Sheet1' && e.range.getColumn() == 4) {
    e.range.offset(0,-1).setValue(e.value.length>0 ? new Date() : '');

On every edit, the script checks whether the edit was to "Sheet1" (put the name of the relevant sheet here) and to the column 4 (that is D). If so, it fills the cell directly to the left (offset(0,-1)) with the current date. Unless the edit removed content from column D; then the corresponding C cell becomes empty.

Manual insertion: no script

Make the habit of pressing Ctrl+; in column C when editing column D. This inserts the current date.

  • I get the following error: TypeError: Cannot read property "range" from undefined. (line 22, file "Code"). Any clues why? FYI: I have already a script running on the startup who's task is to take me to the last edited cell, where should I place the new code snipppet Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 21:03
  • Did you try to run the script manually? It's not meant for that; the onEdit name means it's run automatically when an edit is done.
    – user79865
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 21:04
  • Although the error appears, the code works as expected. It would be great if it could do the reverse as well: When deleting an entry from D removing content from corresponding C Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 21:05
  • I added support for deletion. Still don't know why you're getting an error; it may be some interference of script functions? Function are placed one after another in the script file: function onOpen() ... { } function onEdit()... { }
    – user79865
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 21:15
  • Great! pity I can not upvote 10x :)... I'll ignore the error for now. Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 21:19

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