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Old 03-12-2018, 10:36 PM
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Return of the Techno-Peasant! MS-Word Question, No. Whatever

I have yet another MS-Word question. Quite simple I would think, but extensive Googling hasn't helped.

It's the auto-date feature. You know, you start typing "March..." and Word fills in the date: "March 13, 2018."

Except my Word doesn't. I have to fill in the full date, with attendant wear and tear on my finger-tips, and the little grey cells, struggling to come up with the date.

Except sometimes it does work. I'm typing away, and the auto-fill happens, automagically!

I think there is some feature tied to my documents, because it rocks for some miffed but not others.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:14 AM
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Does Alt-Shift-D do what you need?
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:55 AM
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This is controlled by the AutoComplete option of the AutoCorrection options screen.
Has that been turned off in your copy of Word?
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:44 AM
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I think there is some feature tied to my documents, because it rocks for some miffed but not others.
My first thought was that I kind of want to move to Canada, now, just so I can hear lawyers use quaint Commonwealth legal talk like "rocks for some miffed" (no doubt it refers to a wig or something).

My second thought was that dates may not be the worst of Piper's autocorrect problems...
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:10 AM
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This is controlled by the AutoComplete option of the AutoCorrection options screen.
Has that been turned off in your copy of Word?


I don't know. I have Word 2010. Where would I look?
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:12 AM
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My first thought was that I kind of want to move to Canada, now, just so I can hear lawyers use quaint Commonwealth legal talk like "rocks for some miffed" (no doubt it refers to a wig or something).



My second thought was that dates may not be the worst of Piper's autocorrect problems...


I love it when a miff comes to rock in the morning!
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:56 PM
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Before investigating that, do try out Alt plus Shift plus D (it's D as in Date to make it easy to remember). Because if that does what you need, it's always there in every copy of Word.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:58 PM
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Tried it. Nothing happened?
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:04 PM
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Wait. I was hitting control-shift-D.

Alt-shift-D does insert then date, but it's dynamic, not static. For my documents, I need the date to stay static, so months later if I pull up the e-version, it's the original date, not the current date.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:08 PM
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I'm on my phone, but can't you just copy and paste special as text?
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:16 PM
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I found this MS Support article? Does it match your experience? If so, I'm not sure there's a 'real' fix.

Completely irrelevant aside: I completely misparsed the thread title as NP arguing with himself and then giving up entirely. It took me a good 5 minutes to realize that he meant No as in number, not No as in, well, no.

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Old 03-13-2018, 05:11 PM
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I'm on my phone, but can't you just copy and paste special as text?
You mean, insert a dynamic date, select it, cut it, and then paste-special as text? It might be faster to just type the date. If you already knew the date, that is.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:12 PM
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Is this PC or Mac?

Do you have any idea what you meant to say before "rocks for some miffed but not others" was inserted? I just can't parse it. Auto-corrupt indeed.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:20 PM
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Could try this menu sequence:

Insert -> Date


... and in the box that pops up, select your desired date format, unselect "update automatically", and click "Set as default".

Then go back to your document and see if alt-shift-d now does what you want.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:25 PM
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You mean, insert a dynamic date, select it, cut it, and then paste-special as text? It might be faster to just type the date. If you already knew the date, that is.
Yep. That's what I meant.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:48 PM
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Completely irrelevant aside: I completely misparsed the thread title as NP arguing with himself and then giving up entirely. It took me a good 5 minutes to realize that he meant No as in number, not No as in, well, no.
I had the same problem, except I never figured it out - I had to wait for you to explain it.
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:49 PM
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I found this MS Support article? Does it match your experience? If so, I'm not sure there's a 'real' fix.
That fixed it! I just changed the zoom level down to 85% and the auto-dates came back! Thanks.

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Completely irrelevant aside: I completely misparsed the thread title as NP arguing with himself and then giving up entirely. It took me a good 5 minutes to realize that he meant No as in number, not No as in, well, no.
Did you not get the bit about the techno-peasant?
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:28 AM
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Is this PC or Mac?

Do you have any idea what you meant to say before "rocks for some miffed but not others" was inserted? I just can't parse it. Auto-corrupt indeed.
I think it was "works for some docs but not others" - that's why I didn't think it was a problem with the auto-format setting being turned off.
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