Microsoft KB Archive/173128

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Article ID: 173128

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173128


If you display a custom date field from a Microsoft Word 97 document in Microsoft Outlook 97, the date is off by one day.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Outlook 97. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Steps to Reproduce Problem

There are three parts to demonstrating this problem.

  • Create the Word document that contains a custom date field.
  • Copy the Word document to your Outlook Inbox.
  • Create a user-defined date field and add that field to your Outlook Inbox view.

Create the Word Document with a Custom Date Field

  1. Start Word.
  2. On the File menu, click Properties.
  3. Click the Custom tab.
  4. In the Name box, type MyDate.
  5. In the Type list, click to select Date.
  6. In the Value box, type 1/1/1994, and then click Add and OK.
  7. Save and close the document in the My Documents folder on your hard drive.

Copy the Word Document to Your Outlook Inbox

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. On the Standard Toolbar, click the Folder List to display the Folder List.
  3. On the Outlook Bar, click Other and then click My Computer.
  4. In the folder List navigate to, and click to open the My Documents folder. You may need to use the vertical scroll bar find the document you saved.
  5. On the Outlook Bar, click Outlook.
  6. Drag the Word Document from the My Documents folder to the Inbox on the Outlook Bar. This will copy the document into your Inbox.

Create a User-defined Date Field for Your Inbox View

  1. On the Outlook Bar, click the Inbox. Your document should be listed in the table view.
  2. On the View menu, click Field Chooser.
  3. In the Field Chooser list, click to select "User-defined fields in Inbox" and then click New.
  4. In the Name box, type MyDate.
  5. In the Type list, click to select Date/Time.
  6. In the Format list, click to select the date format, such as x/x/xx, and then Click OK.
  7. Drag the MyDate custom field from the Field Chooser to the table column headings.

Now you should see the date for your document under the MyDate column. Instead of being 1/1/94 as defined in the Word document, the date shows in Outlook as 12/31/93.

Additional query words: dates datefield

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