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14. Insert the Date

Before You Begin

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Contribute provides a fast and easy way to add a date to a page, and to optionally include the day of the week or the time along with the date.

You can choose to lock in the date/time to the moment you inserted it, or you can configure the date/time so that it will update to the current date and time any time you save the page. This last option provides you with an easy, automatic way to indicate when the page was last updated, or to show when particular content on the page was changed.

1.
Position Your Insertion Point

Position the mouse pointer at the spot where you want to add the date and click. The insertion point appears where you clicked to mark the spot where the date will appear. As with any text, you can insert the date on a line by itself or within a line of existing text.

2.
Open the Insert Date Dialog Box

Choose Insert, Date to open the Insert Date dialog box.

3.
Choose Formats for the Day, Date, and Time

Using the lists in the dialog box, choose formats for each part of the day or time you want to include. For example, if you want the date to be preceded by the day of the week followed by a comma, choose Thursday from the Day list. To choose a date format of mm/dd/yyyy, choose 03/07/1974 from the Date list. To omit the day of the week, choose No Day from the Day list. To omit the time, choose No Time from the Time list.

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Don't confuse the date/time you insert here with the kind of date/time that always shows the actual current date and time on some websites. The date and time you insert in Contribute does not update automatically when a visitor views the page online. The date/time you insert can, however, be configured to update whenever you modify the content of the page.

4.
Choose Whether the Date/Time Update Automatically

To configure the date/time to update each time you save the page, enable the Update automatically on save check box. If you leave the box disabled, the date/time on your page will always reflect the moment you performed step 5. If you enable the check box, the date/time on your page will always reflect the last time the page was saved (by you or by anyone else authorized to edit the page).

5.
Click OK

When you have selected the formatting and update options in the Insert Date dialog box, click OK. The new date appears on your page, formatted like the text around it.

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Don't be thrown by the year (1974!) shown in the date formats in step 3. The formats are just examples. You'll get the correct year in the date you see on the page.

6.
Modify the Page and View the Result

Observe the date any time you modify and/or publish this page. If you enabled the Update automatically on save check box in step 4 and later modify the content of the page, the date is automatically updated to reflect the date on which you modified the page.

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