How to Insert a Date in Word 2007

By Caroline Jackson

Whether you're creating a letter, resume, school paper or personal journal entry, Word 2007 offers a variety of features for customizing your documents. If you need to insert a date in Word 2007, you have a few options. You can insert the date into the body of the document, or you can add it to a header or footer. In addition, Word lets you choose whether the date should update itself automatically so that it's always current, or if it should remain the same each time you open your document.

Step 1

Start Microsoft Office Word 2007 and open your document.

Step 2

Click the spot in your document where the date should appear.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" tab of the Microsoft Office ribbon -- the panel that runs across the top of the screen. Find the Text group.

Step 4

Click "Date & Time" to open the Date and Time dialog window. In the left panel, select a date format. Choose a language from the drop-down menu on the right.

Step 5

Click "OK."

Header or Footer

Step 1

Open your document.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab of the Office ribbon. Find the Header & Footer group.

Step 3

Click "Header" or "Footer." Click in the drop-down list to choose the appropriate style for your document. This inserts a header or footer and opens the Header & Footer Tools menu on the Design tab. Find the Insert group.

Step 4

Click the spot where the date should appear in your header or footer.

Step 5

Click "Date & Time" in the Header & Footer Tools menu. Select a date format in the left panel. Choose a language from the drop-down Language box on the right.

Step 6

Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • In the Date and Time dialog window, click the "Update Automatically" box if you'd like the date to stay current; leave it unchecked if you prefer a static date.