I think what the Original Poster was seeking was a "semi-fixed" date.
A fixed date would simply be the same as if one typed in the date by
hand. It would never change. A "dynamic" date field would change every
time the date changed. What I think the OP wants is for the field to
reflect the date on which the file was last edited and saved. So,
oversimplifying the question, there would be three possible dates --
the original date the file was created, the last time the file was
edited and saved, and the current date (whenever that may be). It
appears from a quick glance at LO's field dialogs that one can get the
first and third options, but not the second. But, I'm not an expert on
While I agree this might be helpful, I would not characterize it as a
"bug." Perhaps a feature request (if in fact LO can't do what the OP
-----Original Message----- From: Cliff Scott
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Bug report -- Libre Ofice version
** Reply to message from william drescher <william@TechServSys.com> on
23 Nov 2013 08:01:57 -0500
On 11/23/2013 12:50 AM, Robert Baker wrote:
1) There is no way (that I have found) to insert the date and time
as > text;
the only option is to insert them as a field, meaning that the next
the document is opened, the date and time shown would be when it was
re-opened, rather than when it was last edited which is what I
want. I > had
to take the file back into MS Word just to add the date and time,
want to be rid of Word.
The simple way of adding a date: Insert->fields->date will add a
date that does not change. You have to go through a few more
steps to get a date that is current when the file is opened.
So, no problem with this one.
I will leave the other questions to those that are more expert.
Just to clarify this a little more, in Writer the default seems to be to
insert a fixed date and or time. If you RMB on the field and select field
from the popup menu that will give you all the options for format and
it is a fixed value or updates each time it is opened.
Calc is a different story. It seems as if there is no way, at least
to the Help file, to use a fixed date field in a footer or header. I
manually insert the date as text if I don't want it to change. Of course
fixed dates and times can also be manually inserted in cells.