Headers and footers are extremely helpful to add additional information to a document. Did you know that you can add two types of date stamps to a Word document? Here is a step-to-step guide on how to change the date in the footer of Online Microsoft Word.
To change the date in the footer of Online Microsoft Word, click on Insert in the top ribbon of the document. Select Header & Footer. You will have a header and footer active in the document. Click on the footer to move the cursor there and type in the date manually. In the desktop version, you can choose the date format and an automatic change option.
Word Online is created for users who like to access and edit documents on the go. Here is how you can change the date in the footer of a document you are working on.
- Login to Office online and locate the Word online document you would like to edit.
- Double-click on the name of the document to open.
- Click on Insert in the top ribbon of the document.
- The tab will have various options from among these click on and select Header & Footer.
- You will have a header and footer activated in the document.
- It should look something like this
- Click on the Footer and you can add content to the footer. Select the section you would like to add the date to.
- You can change the date at any time.
- To make changes to the date added to the document click on the tab in the right corner.
- The tab will open the footer
- Click on the date.
- Insert the new date.
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While working on the Desktop version of Word you have more formatting options as compared to the online version. Here are the steps to follow while changing the date in the footer.
- Locate and open the document you would like to edit. If you would to work on a word online document you can either go to the document and click on Open in Desktop app or download the document.
- Once the document is open double click on the footer and you will be able to edit it. If you are looking for more options click on Insert in the top ribbon.
- Select Footer from the options available. You will have a dropdown menu
- Select Edit Footer
- From the options in the top ribbon select Date & Time
- You will now have a popup menu with various date and time formats to choose from.
- Scroll through the menu to choose the format that you would like to use.
- You can check the box next to Update automatically.
- After you have made the changes click on OK.
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Every time a document is created it records the created date as well as the date the document was modified on. This section takes you through how to insert a created and modified date in Word documents.
- Locate and open the document you would like to work on.
- Click on File in the top ribbon of the document in Windows and in the top panel in Mac.
- Select Properties
- On Windows, systems click on Properties, and from the dropdown select Advanced properties.
- Under General, You will see Created and Modified date and time.
- Highlight this information and copy it. You can right-click and select copy or use keyboard shortcuts. Command + C on Mac and Ctrl + C on Windows.
- Go back to the document and paste the information. You can right-click and select paste. You could also use the keyboard shortcut Command + V on Mac and Ctrl + V on Windows.
Inserting a date field in Word
- locate and open the Word document
- Click and move the cursor to where you would like to insert the date field.
- Click on Insert in the top ribbon of the document in Windows and in the top panel in Mac.
- In Windows, you will need to click on Quick parts and then select Field.
- In Mac, you can click on Field
- In the Categories, section select Date and time.
- You can also change the name of the Field by clicking on it.
- Now in the format section specify the style. In Mac, you will need to click on Options. You will then have the formats to choose from in another popup menu. Click on the format and click on OK it will redirect you to the previous menu.
- Click on Ok to insert the section into the word online document.
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While formatting documents in Word Online changing the color of the text is easy. You can do so in a few simple steps. This section takes you through how to change the color of the text that is added to the footer.
- Open the footer by clicking on the tab to the right of the document. If you are using the desktop application you can simply double-click on the footer to open it.
- The footer will have all the content previously added to it, including the date stamp.
- Select the text. To select click on the first letter or number and drag the selection through the text.
- Click on Home in the top ribbon of the document
- You will see the Font color option. The symbol is an A with a line underneath (the line represents the color selected)
- You will have a dropdown menu
- Select the color that you would like to change the date stamp too. You can choose from the list or click on More colors and choose from the extended color list.
- The color of the text will change instantly.
Along with the color of the font, you can also change the font style, style, highlight the text, and placement from the Home menu.
This tutorial article took you through how to insert the last modified date in the Word footer. It looked at adding the date both manually and automatically. Apart from this the article also looked at changing the color of the text added to the footer.
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