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Inserting the Edit Time

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 16, 2019)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


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.

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