How to Insert a Time Stamp in Word

Time stamps in Word documents are customizable regarding the date, time or both, rendered in a variety of formats.

Inserting in the Body

To insert the current date or time within the body of a Word document, place the cursor where you want the stamp. From the Insert tab, click the calendar and clock icon in the Text section. In the pop-up, choose the format and then click OK to insert.

Inserting in the Header or Footer

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To insert the current date or time in a header or footer, open the Insert tab. Click Header or Footer. From the drop-down menu, choose the style.

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The tab automatically changes to the Design tab. Click Date & Time from the Insert section.

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In the pop-up, select the format of the time stamp and click OK to insert.

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To automatically update the date and time stamp every time the document is opened, mark Update Automatically in the pop-up.