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Wrong Suggested Date

Andy writes proposals that, naturally, include the current date. He's recently noticed that if he starts to type today's date, he gets an AutoText tip above his typing that shows yesterdays date, not today's. This occurs even though the Windows system date and time are correct. When Andy chooses Insert | Date and Time, Word gives the correct date, but if he chooses Tools | AutoCorrect and selects the AutoText tab, uncheck Show AutoComplete Tip for AutoText and Dates, selects OK then goes back and re-checks it, the correct date will appear when he starts typing.

The behavior being noticed by Andy is due to the way that Word sets its dates. When you first start the program, Word retrieves the system date from Windows and then stores that date in the AutoText/AutoComplete area. This is the date that appears when you start to type a date into your document. The date is only fetched from Windows once--at the start of your Word session--and then stored internally for use. If you leave Word open on your system, past midnight, then the AutoText/AutoComplete date will be incorrect; it still reflects the date when Word session started.

Andy actually noticed a couple of exceptions to this. First, when you use Insert | Date and Time, Word gives the correct date because this command actually goes and fetches the Windows date and time every time it is used. Further, when you turn off the Show AutoComplete Tip for AutoText and Dates checkbox, close the AutoCorrect Options dialog box, and then go back in and again choose the checkbox, you are forcing Word to again fetch the date from Windows--this is why it works properly after going through this process.

An easier approach is to simply exit and restart Word whenever you notice that the AutoText/AutoComplete date is incorrect.

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Aldo    30 Sep 2016, 02:26
The easier approach you suggest, to simply exit and restart Word, takes FAR longer than correcting the incorrect date.
Unless it's only my Word for Mac 2016 that is so slow to exit & restart?
Robert    26 Sep 2016, 18:19
I am having the same issue on MS Word 2016 for MAC. MS Word Stuck on September 16th. Is this a programmers joke or something? No matter how my date and time is set in my OS, it still types the 16th. I have tried re-loading, latest updates installed. I have turned it off, re-set it and nothing changes. Almost as frustrating as Apple updates!
Sue    22 Sep 2016, 10:59
I am having the same problem. It's showing up September 16 for me. What's up with the 16th?

Date on computer clock is correct. Insert--> Date & Time--> shows correct date and will insert correct date. But the date that comes up when typing is always the 16th.

I'm taking messages hundreds of times a day at a doctor's office. Having to type the date in by hand or go back and correct it is a pain! Previous version of Word for Mac worked great!
Rene    27 Apr 2016, 06:42
I am having the same problem- the date always comes up "April 16" no matter the date and what fixes I try- very frustrating!
Kris    26 Apr 2016, 08:12
I am also having the same issue with it showing up "April 16" regardless of the date. Any suggestions on how to fix??
Becca    08 Apr 2016, 10:25
I am having the same problem as Elle, no matter the month it always suggests 16 as the date. I don't understand! Nothing I have tried helps. The date on my computer is correct and and when I 'insert the date' it is correct but when I type it always suggests 16 which is annoying!
Elle    08 Mar 2016, 08:55
In the prior version of Word (before this HORRIBLE new one), the autocomplete date function worked fine. Now, the "screen tip" ALWAYS displays the 16th of the month. That is, after I type "March," the screen tip shows "March 16." This is happening regardless of the actual date, and the fact that my system is set for the correct date and time. I have tried all of the Help tips, none of which work. How to solve this?
Jessica    22 Aug 2013, 13:49
I cannot get Word to format the auto text date correctly. It leaves off the 20 from 2013...
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