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.

Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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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