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    automatic footer for date and file name

    I am wondering if there is a way to have my MS word 2003 Pro insert the filename and date automaticlly into all documents.

    if the 2003 is toooooo old, do the newer MS word do it?
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    Kiddo,

    Just change your options to prompt to save normal.dot then setup the footer in a new document then save your document and answer in the affirmative when prompted to save the Normal.dot file.

    Restart Word and reset the option for saving normal.dot.

    Done.

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    You do not want to put any text into your normal.dot file including headers or footers. Doing so messes up other features.

    Create a template with your header and footer. Save the template and use that as the basis for your new documents. You can set Word up so that when you start Word a new document is created using that template and so Ctrl+N creates a new document based on the template. For samples of how to do this, see the samples with headers and footers on my downloads page. That has samples with the fields mentioned by Paul in the next post.

    In particular, you may be interested in the Easy New Document Template Package under Add-Ins. That file has a separate on-line readme page with instructions.
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    All you need do is insert a FILENAME field and whichever kind of date field you require into the template's footer. For dates, you have the option of:
    • DATE - displays the current date whenever the document opens
    • CREATEDATE - stores & displays the date the document was created or saved via SaveAs
    • PRINTDATE - stores & displays the date the document was last printed
    • SAVEDATE - stores & displays the date the document was last saved
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Kenyon View Post
    You do not want to put any text into your normal.dot file including headers or footers. Doing so messes up other features.
    Charles,

    I didn't know that! Could you elaborate on what features get hosed?
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    I've heard this for years. The ones that I know are Envelopes and labels. My recollection is that the spacing gets thrown off.
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    Ideally, one would create a separate template for the documents requiring the footer content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macropod View Post
    Ideally, one would create a separate template for the documents requiring the footer content.
    I interpret this to mean separate from the normal template.
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    Given that the Normal template is the default one, a separate template is by definition something other than that ...
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    FWIW... I got into a habit years ago of creating several different WP documents that I keep as "Templates". I can then just open one of them and immediately Save As.
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    You would do better to actually save them as Word templates. Among other things, if you do that, you don't have to worry about pressing Save by mistake and ruining your model document.
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