Word 2010 Mail Merge: Add Day of the Week to Date Format

Some of you may recall our May 2012 blog post: Word 2010 Mail Merge: Changing the Date Format about changing the date format of a mail merge field in Microsoft Word. This sparked a number of positive responses from our readers and raised more questions about mail merge. I thought I’d address a couple of these questions today.

Question:

“If I want the day of the week included in the date – how do I do that?” -Holly

Answer:

This is a great question with a very simple solution – all you have to do is adjust the date format to include the day of the week. The date format can be adjusted to whatever you’d like it to be.

In the example I gave, the format was “MMMM d, yyyy”; as you might expect, the date would end up looking like “January 3, 2013”. If I wanted that to include the day of the week to look like “Thursday, January 3, 2013”, I would simply adjust the format in the merge field to “dddd, MMMM, d, yyyy”. With the field coding visible (see original blog post for instructions on how to do this), your merge field should appear as follows:

«Date»

Your date format should change from this:

mail-merge-january-18-2013

To this:

mail-merge-friday-january-18-2013

Thanks for the question, Holly!

-Katie Caplan,
Client Service Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

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