Word 2013 & 2010: Insert Date that Updates Itself Automatically

If you have a template or other type of document that regularly requires the date to be updated, you can make Microsoft Word 2013 or 2010 display a date that automatically updates. This is much easier than remembering to update it manually yourself.

  1. Select the “Insert” tab.
  2. Under the “Text” group, select “Quick Parts” > “Field“.
  3. Under the “Categories” box, select “Date and Time“.
    • CreateDate” – Displays date the document was created.
    • PrintDate” – Displays date the document was printed.
    • SaveDate” – Displays date the document was last saved.
  4. Select the date and time format that you want in the “Date formats” box.
  5. Select “OK” when ready, and you’re done.

Note: The date may not update in your document unless you close, then re-open the file or right-click the field and select “Update Field“.

Now the date in your document will be inserted into the document and will update automatically based on the selection you made whenever you print or save the Word 2013 or 2010 document.


  1. Michele Gilbert says

    Has anyone found a fix to Monty and John Lucas’s problem? I, too, am having the problem with the date changing to the current date when I open a document I created months ago. My boss is having this problem with documents he received from the outside as well as documents he created. He is also experiencing a problem with dates within the document updating to the current date, e.g. dates of approval for events or licenses.

    There must be a way to shut this off. Has Microsoft addressed this yet to the best of anyone’s knowledge?

  2. scott wallis says

    ‘How dumb can Microsoft be’ – Hmm….your problem seems to be between your keyboard and screen :) The answer to this is in the article, ‘CreateDate’ is based on the creation date of the document, not the current date which is the ‘Date’ function. If you need it renewing copy the contents of the file to a new word doc, which will have a new creation date.

  3. Anna Martin says

    This is great information, I would also like to know how to do this in Excel 2013. Thanks.

  4. Jose says

    How about updating automatically with the PREVIOUS month instead of the current one? I need to make monthly reports of the previous month, so, this would be handy to know!

  5. Jasmine Samlall says

    I would like to change the date format to read e.g., “December 11, 2014”. How do I do that.Thank you.

  6. John Lucas says

    Got the same problem, every time I open up an old document Office changes the date to the present time…….totally useless as I need to have the original date it was created.

    How dumb can Microsoft be, having a function like that which from what I see, can not be switched off!
    I have to go back to my file properties and find the original date and manually add it. Absolutely frustrating.

  7. Monty Vierra says

    I have the opposite problem: I need to turn off the date field.

    It began, of its own accord, to insert today’s date in every document. But I need the original dates of the documents.

    Any idea how to solve this?

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