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How to insert date picker showing current date by default in Word?

Let's say you want to insert a date picker in a Word template, and show the current date by default in the date picker before users picking up a date. It’s easy to insert date picker, but how to show the current date by default? This article will describe the solution in detail.

Insert date picker showing current date by default in Word

Insert date picker showing current date by default in Word

To insert a date picker which always shows the current date by default before you picking up a date, please do as follows:

1. Click File > Options.

2. In the Word Options dialog box, please (1) click Customize Ribbon in the left bar, (2) check Developer in the right box, and (3) click the OK button. See screenshot:

And now the Developer tab is added in the Word Ribbon.

3. Click Developer > Date Picker Content Control . See screenshot:

4. Then the Date Picker is inserted into the document. Go ahead to click Developer > Design Mode to switch to the design mode. See screenshot:

5. Keep the text of click or tap to enter a date selected in the Date picker, and click Insert > Date & Time. See screenshot:

6. In the Date and Time dialog box, please (1) specify a date format you will show the current date in, (2) check the Update automatically option, and (3) click the OK button. See screenshot:

7. Click Developer > Design Mode to turn off the design mode, and then click Developer > Properties to configure the date picker.

8. In the Content Control Properties dialog box, please (1) type a name in the Title box, (2) select a date format in the Date Picker Properties section or type date format code into the Display the date like this box directly, and (3) click the OK button. See screenshot:

So far you have inserted a date picker in your Word document, and by default current date will display in the date picker until you pick up a date.

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    Jocelyn · 1 years ago
    Is it possible for the Date to display "Choose an item" like the other fields?
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    Carlos Gonzalez · 1 years ago
    Excellent tutorial. Simple and to the point. Very useful. Congrats!