Application.Wait method (Excel)

Pauses a running macro until a specified time. Returns True if the specified time has arrived.


expression.Wait (Time)

expression A variable that represents an Application object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
Time Required Variant The time at which you want the macro to resume, in Microsoft Excel date format.

Return value



The Wait method suspends all Microsoft Excel activity and may prevent you from performing other operations on your computer while Wait is in effect. However, background processes such as printing and recalculation continue.


This example pauses a running macro until 6:23 P.M. today.

Application.Wait "18:23:00"

This example pauses a running macro for approximately 10 seconds.

newHour = Hour(Now()) 
newMinute = Minute(Now()) 
newSecond = Second(Now()) + 10 
waitTime = TimeSerial(newHour, newMinute, newSecond) 
Application.Wait waitTime

This example displays a message indicating whether 10 seconds have passed.

If Application.Wait(Now + TimeValue("0:00:10")) Then 
 MsgBox "Time expired" 
End If

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