Microsoft Word – How to Insert an Automatically Updating Current Month and Year

It is very easy to add the time and date in any Microsoft Word document. After all, all you have to do is type it, right? But what’s interesting, and perhaps not many would know about, is that you can add the current month and year within a document that automatically updates. This is great for creating reports and want to immediately see the current month and year without having to manually type it again-and-again. To do this, you have to make use of the Field command.

Microsoft Word - How to Insert an Automatically Updating Current Month and Year

Inserting the Current Month and Year in a Microsoft Word Document That Automatically Updates

Step 1 – In Microsoft Word, head on to the Insert tab located at the toolbar set at the top of the application’s window. Once clicked, located the Field command to add the complete date. However, do note that there is no option to add in the month or year. You can, however, manually create a date field with these items, and you can even do so in different formats.

Step 2 – In order to add a custom date in the Microsoft Word document, press F9 on your keyboard to insert braces in order to contain the field. It should be noted that you have to press F9 on your keyboard and not just the type the braces in as otherwise it would not work.

Step 3 – Type the following within the braces: date \@ “MMMM YYYY,” with the MMMM and YYYY are switches that will tell the application to use for the current month and year. Once typed in, click on “Update,” or you can press F9 once more to update the field. This will then display the month and the year.

Step 4 – You can change the field code depending on what format for the current date and year you wish. For instance, typing only one M will display a number without 0 for single-digit months. So if it’s September, the month will be displayed as 9 instead of 09. Consequently, if you type in MM, then it will add the 0 in single-digit months.

Step 5 – When you type in MMM in the Microsoft Word custom field code, it will then display a three-letter abbreviation of the month. Hence, September will become Sep. For MMMM, it will display the entire name of the month, no matter how long the character string may be. For the year, you do have the option of inputting just YY instead of YYYY, and this will result in displaying it as 16 instead of 2016.


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