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Create an Excel Macro to Add Seconds to DI-160 Event Data Logger Files


Microsoft Excel automatically assigns a date/time format to files generated by the DI-160 Event, State and Count data logger that does not include seconds (mm/dd/yyyy, hh:mm). As a result, events that occur more often than once a second appear in the data file with the same date/time stamp. While seconds are recorded, they simply aren’t displayed. Rather than reformatting individual data files one step at a time, here’s how to record a macro in Microsoft Excel that will streamline the process.

The date/time format in a DI-160 Event Data Logger data file does not by default display seconds: 7/14/2011 11:38

Create a macro in Microsoft Excel to display seconds in the date/time column:

  1. In the Developers tab in Excel click on Record Macro.
    Record Macro
  2. Name the macro, add a description, store it in the Personal Macro Workbook for future use and click OK.
    Name the macro, add description, and save.
  3. With the macro recorder now running, right-click on column A (the date/time column) and choose Format Cells.
    Format Cells
  4. In the Format Cells dialog box, choose the Custom category. Select the default date/time format (m/d/yyyy h:mm), add seconds (:ss) and click OK.
    Add seconds to format
  5. Finally, click the macro Stop button.
    Stop recording macro

Once a DI-160 Event Data Logger data file is recorded you can open it in Excel, click on Macros in the Developer tab, and select and run the newly created macro.
Run the macro
Select the macro

The date/time column now includes seconds:
Seconds displays

Go to the DI-160 Event Data Logger product page to learn more.


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