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How to find the date that Word file was last modified

Posted on 2011-03-09
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Hi

I got a document from the email with a delay and want to find when it was last modified. All information’s are deleted. When I download the word file it get's the date I download. How to find this?

(please see the attachment)
http://www.hotlankanews.com/app/download/4945898217/find_date.pdf?t=1299704040

Thanks
Leonie
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Here is a novel way to get the info without looking into the file with a hex editor:

In the document place the cursor where you want the date and time to be inserted.  Then choose the Insert tab and click on Quick Parts \ Field.

Step 1
When the Field box opens select Date and Time from the Categories drop down box.

Step 2
Next, select which field name you want to appear in the document.

Step 3
Finally we want to choose the format for the date and/or time.  This is done under Field Properties.

Step 4
In the example below I placed the fields at the end of the document.  So I needed to go through the above process twice.  Once for the Print Date and a second time for the Save Date.  The fields now will update automatically every time a person prints the document or Saves it.

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by:Ingeborg Hawighorst
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Hello,

the document properties in the attached screenshot show the last modified date. That's the only one you can access. Word does not keep a history of earlier dates. So if that's what the document shows, unfortunately that's the only date you can see.

Sorry.

cheers, teylyn
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by:GrahamSkan
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The information has not been deleted.  The last-modified date is kept in the filing system, and is not passed with file transfers. It is not maintained in the file itself.
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@Todar
Your solution worked! Thank you so much! Excellent!

@teylyn
@GrahamSkan
Is Todar's solution the only one way?
I can see a date. Is this the last saved date?
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Other solutions are too complex.

Here's a very simple solution, works on more than just DOC files

Right Click the DOC file
Select Properties (Left Click)
Select "Summary" tab
look down the list for whatever date suits you, including creation date

Hope you agree this is the easiest solution.

Jeff
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Thanks everybody.
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