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 Edit Time.

Inserting the Edit Time

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 25, 2013)


Word keeps track of how long you work with a file. You can see this information on the Statistics tab of the Properties dialog box, which is visible when you chose Properties from the File menu. As far as Word is concerned, the cumulative time you have the file open is considered the editing time for the document. You can insert this time, in minutes, in your document by using the following steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the editing time inserted.
  2. Choose Field from the Insert menu. You will see the Field dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  4. Choose Date and Time from the Categories list.
  5. Select EditTime from the list of available fields.
  6. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1242) 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 Edit Time.

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. ...


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2015-10-19 18:08:27

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What format is EditTime in? Cannot fine in "?" when looking up the field for description and what number represents.

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