Word 2003: Easy Updating of footer fields

An annoying feature of Microsoft Word is it's failure to allow control of updates to fields within footers when saving files.

The easiest way that I have found is to change the Save button behaviour.....

  • On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Macros.
  • In the Macros in list, click the template or document in which you want to store the macro
    I suggest the normal.dot so that it is available in all your documents
  • In the Macro name box, type FileSave as the name for the macro so that it replaces the action of the FileSave Button on your toolbar.
  • Click Create to open the Visual Basic Editor
  • Copy and paste so that the macro looks like the following code:
Sub FileSave()
If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneNone Then
ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdNormalView
ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdNormalView
End If
If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneNone Then
ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdPrintView
ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdPrintView
End If
Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
Documents.Save NoPrompt:=True, _
End Sub
  • Close the Visual Basic Editor
  • Close Word 2003
    (Above instructions based on Microsoft Online Guides - Create Macro and Edit Macros)

    How it works:
    • Open a document, Save As a different name
    • After saving the first time, just click the Save button and the footers in both the saved version and the onscreen view will be updated.

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    This post contains some responses to questions that I have been asked by various people over the last few years. In most cases, I have also posted the information on relevant online community forums such as moodle.org. I hope that you find this useful. Stephen Digby