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** Reply to message from "Don C. Myers" <> on Sat, 23
Nov 2013 20:34:16 -0500

The question is how to automate it. One could manually delete the date field
and reenter it when editing. That way it would have the current date and not
change, but automation could be a challenge.


Hi Everyone,

About a year to a year and a half ago the question was asked on this 
list about when a date is filled in automatically, how it can be saved 
as the date that the file is saved, and the file will open automatically 
with the saved date instead of the current date the next time it is 
opened. The answer was fairly simple. I have minimal need for this and 
didn't write it down. Maybe the regulars to this list will remember the 


On 11/23/2013 08:14 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
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 
date fields.

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 


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** Reply to message from william drescher <> 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, 
but I
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 
have to
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.


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