How to see how much time you’ve spent on a Microsoft Word Document
There are a number of reasons you may want to know how much time you’ve spent on a Microsoft Word Document. The most common is to track billable hours or to update timesheets for a project.
Microsoft Word does have a built-in feature that will tell you how long you have been ‘working’ on a Word Document. The only catch is, it is not 100% accurate as it tracks the time you have had the document open rather than the time you have been working within the file.
Therefore, if you leave a Word document open in the background while you quickly check emails or get up to make a coffee Microsoft will continue tracking this time as ‘working time’. So it may not be the most accurate way to track your billable hours, but it will give you a good idea around the time the file was open and you can calculate from there how long you may have been working on it.
Either way, in this article we will show you how to find the length of time you have been working on, or in this case, had your Word Document open for.
Finding out how long you have been working on your Word Document
- Open Word
- Click File in the main menu (top left corner of your screen)
- Under File, find and press Properties or Info
- Within properties, click Statistics
- Under Statistics, you will see Total editing time. This is the total time you have been working on or had the Word document open for
The time tracking information is also easily accessible without open the Word Document.
Find out how long you have been working on a Word Document without opening it
- Right-click on the Word file you wish to track the time spend within
- Click Properties
- Find and click the Details tab
- Information will be in the Total Editing Time
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