How can I insert a date automatically in Microsoft Word?



It’s easy to have Word insert your date automatically each time you open a new Word document but it will update every document each time you open a Word document that you have written in the past as well.

If you decide to turn on Automatic Update I advise you to add the date that you created the document in the title i.e. 04-23-2013 Letter to John .

To turn on Automatic Date:

  1. Open your Word document and place your insertion point in the place you wish your date to appear.
  2. Click on Insert > Date & Time and choose your date format.
  3. If you want the date to update automatically each time you open a new Word document put a check mark in the box at the bottom right of the open dialog box next to Update Automatically.
  4. Click OK and save your document.
  5. Next time you open up the document the current date will appear.

To turn off Automatic Update:  Click on Insert > Date & Time and uncheck Update Automatically.

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