Word Tips: Add a Self-Updating Date Stamp to your Doc

Lesson 1: Add a Self-Updating Date Stamp to your Doc

Add a self-updating date stamp to your doc

Inserting a self-updating date stamp is a convenient way to make sure the current day, month, year, or even time is displayed in a Word doc. You can manually re-enter the date stamp, but this can be tedious if you need to frequently update a document.

Check out the video below to learn how to insert a self-updating date stamp.


  1. Open the Word document you want to add the date stamp to.
  2. Click on the Insert tab located in the ribbon at the top of the screen.
  3. Look for the Date and Time icon (which looks like a calendar) and click on it.
  4. Select a date format that you want to use from the available options.
  5. Be sure to check the Update automatically box located at the bottom left of the dialog box.
  6. Click on the OK button to insert the date stamp into the document.
  7. Save the document with the date stamp added.

From now on, every time you open the document, the date stamp will automatically change to the current date and time. Now you won’t have to worry about forgetting to edit this information!

In the second lesson, we’ll explain how Read Mode can reduce eye strain in Word.