Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Inserting the Document Creation Date.

Inserting the Document Creation Date

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 25, 2012)

Word keeps track of a good deal of information about your document, and then makes that information available to you. One of the pieces of information tracked is the document creation date. This is the date when the file was first created (opened as a new file) or the last time you chose Save As and saved the file under a new name. Word allows you to insert this date into your document by following these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the creation date to appear.
  2. Choose Field from the Insert menu. Word displays the Field dialog box.
  3. From the categories of fields, choose Date and Time. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  5. Select CreateDate from the Field Names list.
  6. Select a date format by clicking on the Options button, if desired. (In Word 2002, simply select your options from those displayed in the dialog box.)
  7. Click on OK.

This type of date field is a big help when you are using dates with memos, letters, and reports. The date stays the same as when you first created the file, unless (again) you save the file under a new name, which changes the file creation date.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (962) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Inserting the Document Creation Date.

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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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