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The CreateDate field inserts the date and time that a document was first saved using its current name. This information is recorded on the Statistics tab in the Properties dialog box. To view the Properties dialog box, click the File tab, click Info, click Properties (below the document preview on the right side), and then click Advanced Properties.

Unless you select a different format, the date and time are displayed in the format specified as part of the regional settings in the Windows Control Panel.


When you view the CreateDate field code in your document, the syntax looks like this:

{ CREATEDATE [ \@ "Date-Time Picture"] [Switches]}

Note:  A field code tells the field what to show. Field results are what is shown in the document after having evaluated the field code. To toggle between viewing the field code and the field code results, press Alt+F9.


\@ "Date-Time Picture"

Specifies a date and time format other than the default format. If you select a format in the Field dialog box, Microsoft Office Word 2007 inserts a corresponding date-time picture switch.

To view the Field dialog box, on the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Quick Parts, and then click Field.

To use a format that's not listed in the Field dialog box, click Field Codes and type the format switch directly in the Field codes box.


Specifies use of the Hijri/Lunar calendar.


Specifies use of the Saka Era calendar.


To print the same text on each page of a document (such as "This deposition taken November 20, 1996."), insert the following text and field in a header or footer:

This deposition taken { CREATEDATE \@ "MMMM d, yyyy" }.

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