How to Tell How Long You’ve Worked on a Microsoft Word Document

One thing many writers want to know is how much time they’re spending on writing. If you use Microsoft Word, you’re in luck, because it’s easy to find out how much time you’ve spent editing a document.

When you begin working on a new document, Word starts a timer. When you save the file, Word saves the time you’ve spent working on it to the document’s metadata. Every time you work on the file and then save it again, Word adds the new time to whatever’s already in the metadata. This provides a running total of the time spent editing the document. You can easily find the time spent editing a document, as well as information like when the document was last modified or printed, from within Word or directly in Windows’ File Explorer.

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