How To Stop Date From Automatically Changing in Word

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I am using Microsoft Word and Windows 7.

When I open a letter with date on it the date automatically changed to the current date. I want to manually change the date each time. This happen if I just open the document/letter to see how it reads.

Thank you so much for your newletter. I have learned so much from them but this is the first time I have asked a question.


Dear Emogene,

Word has several different types of date fields that you can store in your document.

One, which is named CreateDate, permanently records the date a document was created.

Another, named, “Date” will always change to the current date.

“Savedate” records the date when the document was last saved, and “Printdate” is a date field that is only updated when the document is printed.

It sounds like your document is currently using the “Date” field that changes to the current date every time you open the document. Here is how you can change it.

1. Open your Word document, and highlight the date.

2. Right click on the highlighted date, and click “Edit Field” in the context menu that appears.

3. In the “Field” dialog box, find the list of Field names on the left, and click on “CreateDate” if you want your document to display the date it was created.

4. You can also scroll down and select either, “Savedate” or “Printdate” if you prefer.

5. Once you have your type of date format selected, click on the “OK” button to save your changes and close the dialog box.


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    • Rhino
    • June 1, 2014

    …or, you can delete the DATE field altogether and enter it in manually. Solves the problem of it changing and possibly forgetting to set it correctly.

    Or, on the insert tab select the Text zone and click on the Date & Time and select the appropriate selection. But, it might just be quicker to type it anyway.

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