Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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 Current Month.

Inserting the Current Month

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 8, 2016)

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In certain documents, it would be helpful to insert the current month. For instance, you might need to do a monthly report in which you place the current month name in the title of the report. Word allows you to insert a field for the month, and this field will be updated automatically whenever you print your document. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the month inserted.
  2. Press Ctrl+F9 to insert a set of field braces. Make sure the insertion point remains between the braces.
  3. Type date \@MMMM.
  4. Press F9 to update the field.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9414) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting the Current Month.

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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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2016-08-10 10:55:03

Ted

It worked for me and it displayed the name of the Month; e.g., August after clicking elsewhere in the document.

An attempt to enter the same {@MMMM} elsewhere in the same page/document failed.

Is there possibly is a way to enter something else (such as @MMDDYY) to get a date or other values that would be useful, for example, when the document is printed?


2016-08-09 20:21:38

Rick

Didn't work for me.
All it did was bring up my volume control!


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