Add today's date as you type

You can have Word automatically insert today's complete date by typing the first few characters of the date.

  1. In your document, type the first four characters of the current date.

    For example, if your date is January 1, type Janu for January. Word displays the current month in a ScreenTip.

    Current date screentip

  2. Press RETURN to insert the month, and then type a space.

  3. Word displays the current date in a ScreenTip — for example, January 1, 2011.

  4. Press RETURN to insert the date.

    Notes: 

    • To automatically insert today's complete date for a month whose name is less than six letters long, for example, May or June, type the entire month name followed by a space, and then press RETURN .

    • To automatically insert today's date in DD-MMMM-YYYY format, type the date, followed by the first four letters of the month. For example, if today's date is January 1, type 1 Janu for 1 January. Word displays 1 January 2011 in a ScreenTip. To view date formats that you can add automatically, on the Insert menu, click Date and Time. To have Word automatically update the date when you open or print the document, select the Update automatically check box.

    • To insert the current time, on the Insert menu, click Date and Time, and then click the time in the format that you want. To have Word automatically update the time when you open or print the document, select the Update automatically check box.

See also

Have Word complete your typing

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