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

Posted on 2016-07-15
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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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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.
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Thanks, Paul.  Is there any way to keep the date field from updating when the file is opened later?
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Not unless you replace the field Date with CreateDate...
date.docx
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Or.... you have a vba routine in the template that overwrites the date field with a hard-coded date.
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OK.  I will advise them to look and remember the modification date when they open one of these files.

Thanks.
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