Using Numbers, I need to time-stamp each line in a table for when it was entered

I need to time-stamp each line in a table for when it was entered.
I have a formula which is
"=IF(F18="","",NOW())"
it gives me the answer I want, but every time I edit any data in the formula is recalculates the date/time to reflect the most recent edit. I do not want to do this. I am open to any and all solutions including using a script. I do not really know anything about scripts except that they are really easy to use once it's written.
I have a formula i use in excel but it requires circular references in excel. I tried using this formula in numbers but I get the error that says I cannot reference a cell that references back to the cell i’m inputting the formula into (circular reference. It is easy to use in excel just by limiting the # of iterations in preferences. I can’t seem to find any such preference in numbers. Do you know of one? here is the formula:
"=IF(D4=”",”",IF(B4=”",NOW(),B4))"
  I use it to time stamp each line in a spreadsheet. It is the only way to keep all the previous line from recalculating everytime I add a new line. If I can’t use this formula, do you know of a way to timestamp each line without having it update everytime I add a line or edit the form?
Thanks in advance- I know this isn’t exaclty an easy question but I have honestly looked everywhere
emely

Hi Emely,
Check the Insert menu:
The highlighted item is slightly misnamed, requiring a bit more than a simple selection (or keypress combination*) to act as a time stamp.
Simply choosing the menu item willproduce the result shown in A2: A time and date value is entered, but only the Date part is displayed.
Setting the cell format to Date and Time, with both parts displayed (as I've done in column B) does show both parts of the Date and Time value, but as you can see, the time part is set to midnight, as it is in any cell where you have entered only the Date part of a Date and Time value. The date was entered here in the same manner as in A3.
To enter both the current Date and current Time, the process has a few more steps:
Select the cell
Go Insert > Date & Time
Before confirming the entry, double-click the cell (now showing the Date) to open this small dialogue:
Click the pop-up menu under Choose Date format:
Choose the last item in the list.
Results as shown in A4 and B4 of the table above.
Regards,
Barry
•Regarding the KB shortcut shown: The Mac OS lets you define a KB shortcut for any top-level menu item. The one in the menu is a user-defined keypress combination, made to be easily remembered, not to be physically convenient to use. If doing your own, you may want to try for something eassier to get your fingers on.

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