# How to Create a Countdown Timer in Google Sheets

Creating a countdown timer in Google Sheets involves using a combination of formulas and conditional formatting. Here's how to create a simple countdown timer in Google Sheets:

- Open a new Google Sheets document.
- In cell A1, type the target date and time. For example, if you want the countdown timer to count down to 31st December 2022, 12:00 PM, type
`12/31/2022 12:00:00 PM`

. - In cell A2, enter the following formula to calculate the remaining time:

`=A1-NOW()`

This formula subtracts the current date and time (`NOW()`

) from the target date and time (cell A1).

- In cell A3, enter the following formula to convert the remaining time into a more readable format:

`=IF(A2<0, "Time's up!", TEXT(A2, "dd")&" days "&TEXT(A2, "hh")&" hours "&TEXT(A2, "mm")&" minutes "&TEXT(A2, "ss")&" seconds")`

This formula checks if the remaining time is negative (the target time has already passed). If it is, it displays "Time's up!". Otherwise, it converts the remaining time into a format showing days, hours, minutes, and seconds.

- To make the countdown timer update in real-time, go to
`File`

>`Spreadsheet settings`

. Under the`Calculation`

tab, change the recalculation interval to "On change and every minute". Click "Save settings".

Now you have a simple countdown timer in Google Sheets that updates every minute. Note that Google Sheets doesn't support real-time updating of formulas, so the timer won't update every second.

## Example

Here's an example of a countdown timer in Google Sheets:

- Target date and time (A1):
`12/31/2022 12:00:00 PM`

- Remaining time formula (A2):
`=A1-NOW()`

- Countdown timer (A3):
`=IF(A2<0, "Time's up!", TEXT(A2, "dd")&" days "&TEXT(A2, "hh")&" hours "&TEXT(A2, "mm")&" minutes "&TEXT(A2, "ss")&" seconds")`

Remember to adjust the recalculation interval in the spreadsheet settings to make the timer update more frequently.