Insert today's date in a Word document

You can insert the current date, or the date and time, into a Word document as plain text or as a field that updates automatically.

Insert today's date

If you don't need the date to update automatically, you can insert the current date as text.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Date & Time.

    Selecting Date & Time on the Insert tab

  2. In the Date and time dialog box, select the format you want and click OK.

    The Date and Time dialog box

    The date is inserted as text.

Insert a date that updates automatically

If you'd like the date to be updated every time someone opens the document, you can insert the date as a field.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Date & Time.

    Selecting Date & Time on the Insert tab

  2. In the Date and time dialog box, select the format you want.

  3. Select the Update automatically check box.

    Selecting the Update automatically check box

    The date is inserted as a field and will update automatically.

Edit or update a date field

If you selected Update automatically when inserting the date, you'll see a faint gray box when you rest your mouse pointer over the date. This means you've inserted a field that you can change or update.

A gray box indicates an editable date field

  • To edit the date, click the gray box, type a new date, and then click outside the box.

  • To change the date back to the current date, click the date field and click Update.

    Editing or updating a date field

    Note: If you manually change the date and then save and close your document, the next time the document is opened, Word will show the current date.

See also

Insert the date and time a document was created, last printed, or last saved

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