Auto-Date Function in Word 2013 changes date whenever we open an old document.

When the Word 2013 Windows documents were created, apparently a template was used which filled in the date at the top of the page.

Whenever we open an old document, the date changes to today's date.

How can we keep the original dates?

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Paul SauvéConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
This is a date field in the template. The parameter chosen for this field is 'Today's date'.

You have two choices: 1) remove the field from the template or 2) change the parameter for the date field in the template to 'Date created'.

Insert tab ―> Text group ―> Quick Parts option ―> Field... will open the Fields panel

Select Date and Time ―> CreateDate. Select a format and click OK.
computerlarryAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Paul.  Is there any way to keep the date field from updating when the file is opened later?
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Not unless you replace the field Date with CreateDate...
Rob HensonConnect With a Mentor Finance AnalystCommented:
Or.... you have a vba routine in the template that overwrites the date field with a hard-coded date.
computerlarryAuthor Commented:
OK.  I will advise them to look and remember the modification date when they open one of these files.

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