Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Inserting the Document Creation Date.

Inserting the Document Creation Date

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 27, 2014)

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Word keeps track of a good deal of information about your document, and then makes that information available to you. One of the pieces of information tracked is the document creation date. This is the date when the file was first created (opened as a new file) or the last time you chose Save As and saved the file under a new name. Word allows you to insert this date into your document by following these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the date to appear.
  2. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click the Quick Parts tool (in the Text group) and then choose Field. Word displays the Field dialog box.
  4. From the categories of fields, choose Date and Time. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  6. Select CreateDate from the Field Names list.
  7. Select a date format by clicking on the Options button, if desired.
  8. Click on OK to insert the field.

This type of date field is a big help when you are using dates with memos, letters, and reports. The date stays the same as when you first created the file, unless (again) you save the file under a new name, which changes the file creation date.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9299) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting the Document Creation Date.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 7 + 4?

2016-05-26 17:54:32

Sybrand Hoekstra

when i read my comment I saw that the computer changed my formulas in other notification into the numbers as stated in my comment
my comment should haver read:

160526 231000 shortcut for create date and time now in .doc



My idea for “create date” is that there is no argument to discribe the date with separatingpoints.
In every .doc I use the 13 digit notification for create date+time that wil begin with 6 and 6 numbers separated with a space. {CREATEDATE @"yyMMdd HHmmss"}

In autocorrect I chose “[.” That gives in other notification: {CREATEDATE @"yyMMdd HHmmss"

For the short cut for “date time” of this very moment I use “nu=” (nu =Dutch for now)That gives in the 13 digit notification: {DATE @"yyMMdd HHmmss"

To get my results I used the formulas given in „inserts“. But in these formulas is given a space between date and time and also a „merge“ instruction. I changed that in the window in top of the menu from M/d/yyyy h:mm:ss am/pm to {CREATEDATE @"yyMMdd HHmmss"
For the “time now” i did it the same way.


2016-05-26 17:41:44

$=Sybrand Hoekstra

160526 231000 shortcut for create date and time now in .doc



My idea for “create date” is that there is no argument to discribe the date with separatingpoints.
In every .doc I use the 13 digit notification for create date+time that wil begin with 6 and 6 numbers separated with a space. 160526 231000

In autocorrect I chose “[.” That gives in other notification: 160526 231000

For the short cut for “date time” of this very moment I use “nu=” (nu =Dutch for now)That gives in the 13 digit notification: 160526 232505

To get my results I used the formulas given in „inserts“. But in these formulas is given a space between date and time and also a „merge“ instruction. I changed that in the window in top of the menu from M/d/yyyy h:mm:ss am/pm to 160526 231000
For the “time now” i did it the same way.
Sybrand Hoekstra


2014-09-27 06:03:24

Michael A. Harris

I regularly work in both English and French and have used the following macro to insert the current day's date (long format); whichever of the two languages my document is in. The date is inserted as text (not a field) so the date remains unchanged even if the files is saved under a new name.

The macro can easily be adapted to two other languages or even more that two languages if necessary, simply add more "Else" conditions.

No doubt it could also be improved, but I have been using it for a long time now, warts and all.

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Sub InsertDate()
'
' Macro created 17/05/00 by Michael A. Harris
'
If Documents.Count >= 1 Then
Dim thislang
thislang = Selection.LanguageID
If thislang = 1036 Then
WordBasic.InsertField Field:="DATE @" + Chr(34) + "d MMMM yyyy" + Chr(34) + " * MERGEFORMAT"
WordBasic.WordLeft 3
WordBasic.CharRight 1, 1
WordBasic.UnlinkFields
WordBasic.CharRight 1
WordBasic.WordLeft 2
WordBasic.EditClear -1
WordBasic.Insert " "
WordBasic.WordRight 1
WordBasic.EditClear -1
WordBasic.Insert " "
WordBasic.WordRight 1
Else
Dim DateType$
WordBasic.InsertField Field:="DATE @" + Chr(34) + "d MMMM yyyy" + Chr(34) + " * MERGEFORMAT"
WordBasic.WordLeft 3
WordBasic.CharRight 1, 1
WordBasic.UnlinkFields
WordBasic.CharRight 1
WordBasic.WordLeft 1
WordBasic.EditClear -1
WordBasic.Insert " "
WordBasic.WordLeft 1
WordBasic.EditClear -1
Select Case WordBasic.day(WordBasic.Now())
Case 1, 21, 31
DateType$ = "st "
Case 2, 22
DateType$ = "nd "
Case 3, 23
DateType$ = "rd "
Case Else
DateType$ = "th "
End Select
WordBasic.Insert DateType$
WordBasic.CharLeft 3
WordBasic.CharRight 2, 1
WordBasic.Superscript
WordBasic.WordRight 3
End If
End If
End Sub

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