Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Automatically Inserting Tomorrow's Date.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 23, 2017)
Let's say that you work for a company and that your job is to prepare reports or press releases that will be distributed the next day. On every one of these documents you need to make sure that tomorrow's date appears. After doing this for a while, you may start searching about for a way to automatically insert tomorrow's date into a new document. It would be even better if this automatic feature could be included as part of a template. Thus, when you create a new document based on the template, it automatically has tomorrow's date in the proper place.
Your first inclination might be to simply change the system date that is on your computer. If you increase the system date by one day, then by being out of kilter with the rest of the world by one day, you can easily insert the date you need. While this would do the job, it will definitely affect all other uses of the date on that system, as well.
There is a relatively easy solution within Word, however. The following macro, when saved in the template using the name AutoNew, replaces a bookmark called MyDate with tomorrow's date. The cool thing about the macro is that it doesn't just insert a date at the beginning of the file, but gives you control over the exact placement anywhere within the file.
Sub AutoNew() With ActiveDocument.Bookmarks("MyDate").Range .InsertBefore Format(Date + 1, "dd mmmm yyyy") End With End Sub
The format in which the date appears can be modified by altering the “dd mmmm yyyy” string to achieve the desired format. More information on format strings is available in the online VBA documentation.
To use the macro, all you need to do is make sure that the template includes some text that is bookmarked using the name MyDate. Save the template, and then any new documents you create based on that template will automatically include tomorrow's date in place of the bookmark.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10838) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Automatically Inserting Tomorrow's Date.
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