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How to add the Date to the Header or Footer in your Word Document

Headers and footers are the top and bottom margins of your document, they can be updated with text or images to give your document a heading, date or authors name.

Although the list of reasons you may want to use a header or footer is endless, the most common one is to add a date stamp to your file.

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There are two different types of dates you can insert into a header or footer:

  1. Manual Date. This is any chosen date, entered by the author.
  1. Automatic Date Stamp. This is the date, inserted by Microsoft and updated as the document is edited. If you start creating a document today but finish it tomorrow the date will automatically reflect the last date the document was edited.

Adding an automatic date stamp into your header or footer eliminates the need for you to update the date, every-time you update the document.

If you are trying to insert a manual date, check out our post on how to insert a header or footer and insert your chosen date.

In this post, we will explain how to insert an automatic date stamp into your header or footer.

Adding an Automatic Date Stamp to your Header or Footer in Word

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Insert a Header or Footer
    1. How to Insert a Header
    2. How to Insert a Footer
  3. Click the Header and Footer Tab
  1. Click Date & Time
  1. Select the date format you would like to insert
  2. Tick the box marked ‘Update automatically
  1. Click OK

You have now successfully added an automatic date and or timestamp into your header or footer. The date and time will update as you edit and save your document over the coming days.

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