Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Forcing the Date to the Next Wednesday.

Forcing the Date to the Next Wednesday

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 6, 2014)

1

When Alastair prints a document he wants to automatically set the date in that document to the date of the following Wednesday. For example, if today is Thursday the 13th, Alastair would want to display Wednesday the 19th if the document is printed now or on any day up to and including the 19th itself. From next Thursday (20th) Alastair would want the printed date to be the 26th, and so on.

There is no reasonable or convenient way to do this using fields in a document. (I have seen some "pick a future date" field combinations, but they are truly gigantic and not for casual use.) A better solution is to use a macro to insert, at the insertion point, the date of whatever the next Wednesday happens to be. The following is an example that shows how simple such a macro can be:

Sub ForceWednesday()
    Dim dMyDate As Date
    dMyDate = Date
    While WeekDay(dMyDate) <> 4
        dMyDate = dMyDate + 1
    Wend
    Selection.TypeText Text:=Format(dMyDate, "mmmm d, yyyy")
End Sub

When you run the macro, it assigns the current date to the dMyDate variable. This variable is continually incremented until the weekday is 4 (a Wednesday). The date is then formatted and typed at the location of the insertion point.

The macro could be easily modified to always put the next Wednesday date in a specific place of the document. All you need to do is modify it so that it searches for, say, a bookmark and replaces the bookmark with the formatted date. You could even set up Word so that the macro is run during the BeforePrint event, which means it will be executed just before printing.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13243) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Forcing the Date to the Next Wednesday.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Automatically Printing an Envelope

When you create a letter, you may want to have Word print a single envelope for that letter. You can do so by following the ...

Discover More

Highlighting Pattern Violations

A common part of working with text strings in a worksheet is normalizing those strings so that they follow whatever rules ...

Discover More

Default Click and Type Paragraph Style

When you use the Click and Type feature, Word uses applies the Normal style to the paragraph created. You can specify a ...

Discover More

The First and Last Word on Word! Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin puts his usual fun and friendly candor back to work to show you how to navigate Word 2013. Spend more time working and less time trying to figure it all out! Check out Word 2013 For Dummies today!

More WordTips (ribbon)

Limiting Directories in the FILENAME Field

When you use the FILENAME field in a document, it can include the full path name that leads to your file. This might be too ...

Discover More

Quickly Inserting the Date Your Way

Tired of messing with inserting the date and then changing it to a format that is more to your liking? There's a quick way ...

Discover More

Differences between SEQ and LISTNUM Fields

Word provides several different fields you can use for custom numbering in a document. Two of the most commonly used are the ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 2?

2016-02-18 09:00:00

Augustine

Dear Mr.Wyatt, I found this macro useful for me. However, the macro does not execute by itself. I have to manually run it. Is there a way to automatically execute it. Besides, when I bookmark, say e.g. "MyDate", what lines do I need to insert in the macro, so that the macro replaces the bookmark?
Thanks & Regards
Augustine


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.