Word 2013/2016: Inserting the Current Date in a Header or Footer

Updated 2013.06.06

Objective

·        Learn how to put the current date in headers and footers in Word.

Inserting the current date

To insert the current date (a date that will always be updated every time you open the document):

·        Open the header (or footer) by clicking on the Insert tab. (You can also open the header or footer by double-clicking in it.)

·        Then in the Header & Footer group, click on the Header (or Footer) button.

·        Click on the type of header (or footer) that you want. I usually select Blank.

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·        This will take you into the header (or footer) and open up the Header & Footer Tools tab and the Design ribbon below it.

·        Position the cursor where you want the date to be located in the header or footer.

·        Then, from the Insert group, click on the Date & Time button.

·        Select the desired date format from the list. Click on OK.

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Note the Update Automatically check box.

·        Not Checked. If this box is not checked, the current date will be inserted and will always be there. So if you open the document today, today's date will be there. If you open the document tomorrow, today's date (or, from the perspective of tomorrow, yesterday's date will be there).

·        Checked. If this box is checked, a code for the current date will be inserted and whenever the document is opened the current date will be inserted. So if you open the document today, today's date will appear. But if you open the document tomorrow, tomorrow's date will appear.