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How to auto add date in subject line of Outlook?

Supposing you often need to add current date or current time in the subject line when creating a new email, you may think of inserting the time manually. But it may be tedious to enter the date or time manually every time. Here I introduce a way to automatically add current date or time in the subject line when creating new email in Outlook.

Auto add date in subject line with creating and applying custom message form

Automatically add date in subject line when creating new email messages


Auto add date in subject line with creating and applying custom message form

Part 1: Create a custom message form about subject auto date

To automatically add current date or time in the subject lines of new email messages in Microsoft Outlook, please do as following:

Step 1: Create a new email message:

  1. In Outlook 2010 or higher version, please click the New Email button on the Home tab;
  2. In Outlook 2007, please click the File > New > Mail Message.

Step 2: Click the Design this Form button on the Developer tab.

Note: If the Developer tab doesn’t show on the Ribbon, please click How to add developer tab on Ribbon in Outlook?

Step 3: Then you get into a message design window. Right click the Subject box, and select the Properties from the right-clicking menu.

Step 4: In the coming Properties dialog box, go to the Value tab, enter the in the Edit box in the Initial section (or Initial Value section in Outlook 2010), and click the OK button.

Note: If you want to automatically insert the current time in new email message, please enter the Now() in the Edit box.

Step 5: Now you get back to the message design window. Please click the Publish > Publish Form As on the Developer tab.

Step 6: In the popping up Publish Form As dialog box, enter a name for the custom message form in the Display name box, and click the Publish button.

Step 7: Close the message design window without saving.

Up to now, you have created a custom message form which will automatically fill out the subject line with current date or current time when creating a new email.

Part 2: Apply the custom message form

Step 1: Apply this custom message form with clicking the Choose Form button on the Developer tab.

Note: You can also click the New Items > More Items > Choose Form on the Home tab in Outlook 2010, or higher version; or click the File > New > Choose Form in Outlook 2007.

Step 2: In the popping up Choose Form dialog box,

(1) Click the Look in box, and select the Personal Forms Library from the drop down list;

(2) Click to highlight the custom message form (in our case, please click the Auto Date in Subject);

(3) Click the Open button.

Then it will create a new email message, and the subject line is filled out with current date or current time automatically. See screen shots below:

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Automatically add date in subject line when creating new email messages

In this section, we will show you how to easily add current date in subject line automatically when creating new email message in Outlook. Please try the Add date into subject when new email utility of Kutools for Outlook.

Kutools for Outlook : with more than 100 handy Outlook add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 60 days.

1. Please click Kutools > Options to open the Opions dialog box.

2. In the Options dialog box, go to the New tab, and then check the Add date into subject when new email box. Finally click the OK button. See screenshot:

Note: You can click the Date Format button to customize the date/datetime format based on your needs.

From now on, when creating an email message in Outlook, the current date will be added automatically in the Subject line as below screenshot shown.

  If you want to have a free trial (60-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


Automatically insert current date in subject line when creating new email


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Is there a way to do something like this... We will be closed from 8pm (todays date) until 7am (tomorrow's date) where the times are standard and the dates are automatic. Thanks!
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LS, Is it possible to do like this: 22/07/2015(1) 22/07/2015(2) That would be very helpfull
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