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Create a fixed current timestamp

Is it possible to create a fixed timestamp from the now function

At present i am using now and then manipulating the date but the result keeps changing as now keeps changing.

Can i take a snapshot of now that remains fixed?
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it_saige

8/22/2022 - Mon
Shaun Kline

You could assign a variable to hold the initial value of Now and then use the variable in place of any other calls to Now.
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SweetingA

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I did that already and the variable keeps changing
Martin Liss

Variables don't change unless you change them somehow like if you run the above code several times.

Please show the code that uses Now().
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James Murphy
Shaun Kline

Post your code and we can advise.
it_saige

Now() may change, but the value in MyDate *does not* change.  Consider the following:
Module Module1
	Private MyDate As Date

	Sub Main()
		MyDate = Now()
		Console.WriteLine("The date variable is: {1}.{0}While the current system time is: {2}", Environment.NewLine, MyDate.ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"), Now().ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"))
		System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(10000)
		Console.WriteLine()
		Console.WriteLine("After sleeping for 10 seconds...")
		Console.WriteLine("The date variable is: {1}.{0}While the current system time is: {2}", Environment.NewLine, MyDate.ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"), Now().ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"))
		Console.ReadLine()
	End Sub
End Module

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it_saige

And, because each operation takes a certain amount of time to process.  Once I set the MyDate value as Now() and then produce an output using a new call to Now().  MyDate and Now() actually are not the same value (they are actually milliseconds apart).  To illustrate:
Module Module1
	Private MyDate As Date

	Sub Main()
		MyDate = Now()
		Console.WriteLine("The date variable is: {1}.{0}While the current system time is: {2}{0}Is MyDate equal to Now()? {3}", Environment.NewLine, MyDate.ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"), Now().ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"), MyDate.Equals(Now()))
		System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(10000)
		Console.WriteLine()
		Console.WriteLine("After sleeping for 10 seconds...")
		Console.WriteLine("The date variable is: {1}.{0}While the current system time is: {2}{0}Is MyDate equal to Now()? {3}", Environment.NewLine, MyDate.ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"), Now().ToString("hh:mm:ss tt"), MyDate.Equals(Now()))
		Console.ReadLine()
	End Sub
End Module

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