How to Automatically Insert Current Date on Word Easily

By Danielle Cort

Documents such as memos, reports or school papers often require the addition of a current date. Word offers two types of dates to insert. You can either insert a current date that will automatically update in the future or you can insert a fixed date that will not change. To quickly and easily insert the current date, use the keyboard shortcut; however, this only allows you to insert a date that will change every time you open the document on a different day. If you want the date to be fixed, you will need to use the menu instead.

Keyboard

Step 1

Open Word to a new document or load an existing document to which you want to add the current date.

Step 2

Place the cursor at the point in your document where you want to insert the date.

Step 3

Hold down the "Alt" and "Shift" keys and press "D" on the keyboard to insert a dynamic date.

Menu

Step 1

Place the cursor at the point in your document where you want to insert the date.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" button on the ribbon.

Step 3

Click the "Date & Time" button to display a window with available format.

Step 4

Select one of the formats from the list. Uncheck "Update automatically" if you want today's date to remain fixed. Leave the box checked if you want the date always to display the current date every time you open the document.

Step 5

Click "OK."