by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 26, 2014)
If Matthew types a date ending in the current year and then presses Tab or Enter, Word automatically inserts today's date in the yyyy-mm-dd format. For example, if he types "23 August 2005" and then presses the Tab key, the text is changed to "23 August 2005-10-13" (today's date being 13 October 2005).
This problem seems related to Word's AutoComplete feature (part of AutoText) misinterpreting what you are typing. For some reason the problem is not experienced by all Word users, and those in the UK seem to suffer it more for some reason. Regardless of where the user lives, however, it is still annoying.
One possible solution is to turn off the AutoComplete feature:
Figure 1. The AutoText tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box.
You shouldn't have the problem any more, but other AutoComplete suggestions disappear, as well. If you still want to use AutoComplete, then the only other option (instead of the foregoing) is to change how you enter dates: Press Esc or Spacebar after typing your date and before pressing Tab or Enter.
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