The "Created" date and time of a document that you view in the Statistics tab differ from the "Created" date and time that you view in the General tab in Word

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In Microsoft Word, you can view the properties of a document in the Statistics tab or in the General tab. The "Created" date and time of a document that you view in the Statistics tab differ from the "Created" date and time that you view in the General tab.

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How to view document properties in the "Statistics" tab

To view the document properties in the Statistics tab, follow these steps:

Microsoft Office Word 2003 or earlier versions of Word

  1. Open the Word document.
  2. On the File menu, click Properties, and then click the Statistics tab.
The following information appears:
  • Created: This is the universal date and time when the document was first created. The "first creation" starts at the moment that you open a new document. This information is stored in the OLE stream. Additionally, this information is actually embedded as a permanent part of the document.
  • Modified: This is the date and time when the document was last opened and then saved.
  • Accessed: This is the date and time when the document was last opened.
  • Printed: This is the date and time when the document was last printed.

How to view document properties in the "General" tab

To view the document properties in the General tab, follow these steps:

Microsoft Office Word 2003 or earlier versions of Word

  1. Open the Word document.
  2. On the File menu, click Properties, and then click the General tab.
The following information appears:
  • Created: This is the time stamp that is given to the document when the document is saved to its current location for the first time. The time stamp is retrieved from the operating system's clock. The time stamp changes when a document is copied and then moved to a new location.
  • Modified: This is the date and time when the document was last opened and then saved.
  • Accessed: This is the date and time when the document was last opened.

Frequently asked questions

How can the "Printed" date be a date that is earlier than the "Created" date in the Statistics tab?

A document that was printed may be copied or re-saved to another location. Additionally, a document that was printed may be overwritten in the same location as the parent (original) document. In these cases, the newly copied or overwritten document has a more current "Created" date than the "Printed" date. The original "Printed" date carries over to the newly copied or overwritten document.

How can a "Created" date from the Statistics tab be stamped with a date that is earlier than the "Created" date that is listed in the General tab?

The "Created" date and time in the Statistics tab does not change unless the document is copied or unless someone performs a "Save As" operation on the File menu.

How can a "Created" date from the General tab be stamped with a date that is later than the "Modified" date that is listed in the General tab?

When the document is copied or is saved to a new location, a new file is created. This file is generated by a parent file that has the earlier "Modified" date. This parent file also has an earlier "Created" date.

When you copy or re-save a document, the "Created" date is updated in the Statistics tab and in the General tab. However, the "Modified" date is not updated.

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Article ID: 922119 - Last Review: July 18, 2006 - Revision: 1.0
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  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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