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    SAVEDATE (Word 2003)


    I am trying to use the SAVEDATE function available in MS WORD 2003. It is supposed to use the 'formula' { SAVEDATE [@ "Date-Time Picture"] [Switches]} and can go into the header. What do I have to do to get it to work? Is it possible to get the SAVEDATE function to automatically update on 'save', or is this a 'manual' process?


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    Re: SAVEDATE (Word 2003)

    Generally speaking, fields in the header and footer are updated when you use Print or Print Preview. Other fields may be updated at various times, and yet others you may have to update manually (using either Ctrl+A, F9 or right-clicking them and choosing Update).

    If you tick the box under Tools>Options..., Print tab, Update fields, then fields in the body of the document also will be updated on Print/Preview. (At least, that is what is supposed to happen. Some threads in the past were about cases where this didn't seem to work correctly.)

    To try it out, position your insertion point and use Insert>Field..., choose the Date and Time category, then select SaveDate, then choose the most appropriate "picture." For testing purposes, unless you are incredibly patient, I recommend choosing one with the Time down to the second. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: SAVEDATE (Word 2003)


    To get this to work, you need to insert the "SAVEDATE [@ "Date-Time Picture"] [Switches]" within a field. The field braces "{}" aren't ordinary braces that can simply be typed in - they have to be created (in pairs) via Ctrl-F9, or via Insert|Field.

    If you press Ctrl-F9, you'll see a pair of field braces, thus:
    { }
    If you type 'SAVEDATE' between these, thus:
    you'll have a plain SAVEDATE field. If this returns the SaveDate in a format you're happy with, you don't need to do any more. If not, you'll need to add the appropriate picture switches. To test this, put the field into a document that has already been saved, then press F9 to update it.

    To change the date's formatting, select the field and, if the coding (as per the above) isn't showing, press Shift-F9 to reveal it. Now, after the 'SAVEDATE', you can input the date/time picture switch of your choice. For example:
    {SAVEDATE @ "d M yy"} -
    {SAVEDATE @ "dd MM yy"}
    {SAVEDATE @ "dd MMM yyyy"}
    {SAVEDATE @ "d MMMM yyyy"}
    {SAVEDATE @ "dddd, d MMMM yyyy"}
    {SAVEDATE @ "dddd, d MMMM yyyy h:m am/pm"}

    See <post#=249902>post 249902</post#> for more information on the switches and other things you can do with date fields in general.


    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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