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Tech Tip for Writer’s #17: Don’t Know the Date? No Problem

tech tipsTech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I don’t know why, but I never remember the date. Unfortunately, I have to type it often at school/work/home. Is there a shortcut for people like me?

A: Who does remember the date? No problem. Just push Shift+Alt+D. That puts the current date into any Word document (use Ctrl+; in Excel).

Be aware: This shortkey updates the date every time you open the document. For example, you might use it and the date shows as April 21, 2010. When you re-open the same document five days later, it’ll read April 26, 2010. So, if you want the date to memorialize the document, skip the keyboard shortcut.

Questions you want answered? Leave a comment here and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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