5 Ways to Get the Total Editing Time Spent on Your Word Document

In today’s article, we want to show you 5 ways to view and get the idea of how much time you’ve spent on your Word document.

From time to time, you may have to work on a quite long document. And when it finishes, you might want to know the exact time you have devoted to processing it. In view of such a demand, we here list 5 easy ways for you to check the total editing time of a very document.

Method 1: Switch to the Backstage View

  1. Firstly, click “File” tab.
  2. Then go to the backstage of Word and make sure “Info” tab is displayed.
  3. And on the rightest column where lays the document properties, you can check the “Total Editing Time” option.Click "File" ->Click "Info"

Method 2: Insert a Field into Header or Footer

In case you may find it disturbing to switch back to the backstage view, you can insert a field indicating the total editing time to the header or footer of document.

  1. To begin with, double click on header or footer to enter it.
  2. Then click “Insert” tab.
  3. Next click “Quick Parts” in “Text” group.
  4. And choose “Field” on the drop-down menu.Click "insert" ->Click "Quick Parts"->Click "Field"
  5. Now in the “Field” dialog box open, first choose “Document Information” for category.
  6. Then choose “DocProperty” for field name.
  7. And pick “TotalEditingTime” for property.
  8. Lastly, click “OK”.Choose "Document Information" as Categories ->"DocProperty" as Field Names ->"TotalEditingTime" as Property ->Click "OK"

To update the field, you need to right click on it and choose “Update Field”.Choose "Update Field"

Method 3: Show “Total editing time” on Document Details

  1. First and foremost, go to the location where you store your document.
  2. Then click the button to choose “Details” to change the view.Choose "Details"
  3. Next right click on the header row.
  4. On the list-menu, choose “More”.Right Click on the Header Row of Column ->Choose "More"
  5. Now in “Choose Details” dialog box, check “Total editing time” box.
  6. Then click “OK”.Check "Total editing time" Box->Click "OK"

And you shall see an extra column has been inserted where you can have a clear view of the editing time.Adding "Total editing time" Column

Method 4: Add “Advanced Document Properties” to “Quick Access Toolbar”

  1. At first, click “File” tab then “Options” to open “Word Options” dialog box.
  2. Now click “Quick Access Toolbar” on the left pane first.
  3. And choose “Commands Not in the Ribbon” for category.
  4. Next find and select the “Advanced Document Properties” command.
  5. Then click “Add”.
  6. Finally, click “OK”.Click "Quick Access Toolbar"->Choose "Commands Not in the Ribbon"->Select "Advanced Document Properties"->Click "Add" ->Click "OK"

You can see the command has been added now. Click it and you will open the property dialog box. Then click “Statistic” tab and you shall see total editing time.Click "Statistics" Tab

Method 5: Use VBA Codes

  1. Press shortcuts “Alt+ F11” to open VBA editor.
  2. Then click “Insert” to insert a new module.
  3. Next open it and paste the following codes there:
Sub ShowTotalEditingTime()
MsgBox (ActiveDocument.BuiltInDocumentProperties("Total Editing Time"))
End Sub
  1. Hit “Run” button.Paste Codes ->Click "Run"Total Editing Time Showing in Message Box

For future use, you can assign a button or shortcuts for the macro. You can read this article for detailed steps: How to Remove the Formatting of Pasted Texts with Macro and VBA in Your Word

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Author Introduction:

Vera Chen is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including Excel damage fix tool and pdf repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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