VBA to Auto Insert Date and Time in the signature

DDB

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Outlook version
Outlook 2013 64 bit
Email Account
IMAP
I have searched several hours looking for a method to have my email signature include the date and time fields so that when a new email is started the email signature in the body shows the current date and time. No such luck.
Is there a VBA method to accomplish this task? I have tried adding directly to the signature but that does not help.
Any help would be much appreciated.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
You can do it in a signature but it's a 2-step process - you need to select all, the update fields. The other option is a macro to add the time/date - maybe as an 'after sending' macro that adds it as its sent. It's usually easier if you have placeholders such as [date] - but if the macro fails (or if using a manual macro, you forget to run it), it will be sent with the placeholder.

Create the signature in a new message - Alt+F9 to view the codes - Copy the signature.

In the signature dialog, paste the copied text.

Save.

In the message: Select all (Ctrl+A, right click and choose update code. F9 was not working for me to update - only the right-click method.

Steps in the screenshot:
  1. The sample signature in a new message.
  2. Select all, Copy and Paste into the signature editor.
  3. The signature in a new message.
  4. Select all, update field. (F9 was not working to update it.)
  5. The updated signature.

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Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
This article demonstrates the placeholder method - its for sending autoreplies using a rule, but the same method could be used in a macro to update placeholders in the signature.
 
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