- If you want the date to automatically update, you must check the Update Automatically option in the Date And Time dialog box.
- The Update Automatically setting is a toggle switch. Once you select it, it stays enabled until you deselect it — and that can create confusion for users. They think they know what the setting is, so they don't check. Later, they're frustrated when the inserted value doesn't perform as expected.
- The term automatically update is a bit deceptive. The inserted date will reflect the current date or time when you open the document. But if the date changes while the document is open, Word won't reflect that change. You can force the change by right-clicking the value and choosing Update Field from the context menu, but most users won't know that. Even if you tell them, they might not remember that detail when they need it.
- Enter the first four letters of any month and press [Enter], and Word will complete the month. For instance, if you type Janu and press [Enter], Word will enter January for you.
- To enter the current date, enter the full month, type a space, and press [Enter].
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.