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    AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    In Word 2000 when you start to enter the date, after the 3rd letter, your are offered a choice to enter the present date. In 2003, the AutoComplete will offer the month but not the date. Is there a way to have it offer the date?

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    Re: AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    The Word Help gives the information below. It looks like you can add the date in stages.

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    Re: AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    Thank you. I had checked this before I posted and double checked after your post. Everything was as you suggested but Word still selects the month but not the date which must be entered manually. I am open to any suggestions.

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    Re: AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    You can enter today's date with Alt-Shift-D ..... but I now find that gives me a problem. It enters it in the 'short date' format and I got 1/7/2005 (despite the fact that in Control Panel, my regionial settings are set to UK, and the short date format is specfied as 7/1/2005. So now I am not sure what to suggest. Can you get Word to enter today's date in long date format instead and can you make sure that it comes out in the right regional format? (I see that the inserted date says its language is English (US) even though the rest of the document is English (UK) which is my default.)

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    Re: AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    Making a date from the Word MVP site may help.

    To change the default date format when using Alt+Shift+D select Insert>Date and Time... and then select your chosen format and click the default button.

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    Re: AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    Thanks, Tony.

    Fred - that doesn't solve the way autocomplete works, but does it provide an acceptable way of getting the date?

    Ian

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    Re: AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    For as long as I can remember it has been a two step process, the space being necessary to complete the date: <code>Janu <tab> <space> <tab></code>

    I don't have Word 2003, but I suspect they wouldn't change this, as people might not always want the whole date when typing the name of a month.

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    Re: AutoComplete date (2003/SP-1)

    I still have Word 2000 & I get the same result that Jefferson posted. i.e. Janu only gets the screen tip "January" until you type the space. As Ian mentioned, it's probably easier to use a macro & assign a keyboard shortcut to it for the current date.

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