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8. Forms and Fields > 71. Hack DATE Fields

Hack DATE Fields

Perform advanced date calculations with this grab bag of field hacks.

Dates are an important part of many Word documents, especially leases and contracts. When these dates involve calculations (such as “What date is 6 months from today?” or “How old is someone born on September 12, 1978?”), you can let Word do the grunt work for you.

When following the examples in this hack, press Ctrl-F9 or select InsertField for each set of braces in the field (most of the fields in this hack use several nested fields), taking care to put them in the correct order—some are nested, and some are adjacent—and then fill in the field codes as shown. In some cases, you’ll need to format parts of the field code, which will be described in the text. Select the entire field and press F9 to display its results. Line breaks, indicated with the “” character, are included to aid in readability, but they are not required for the fields to work properly.


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