Enter the Time in a Notepad File

I like to use Notepad to make notes as I work. In July, I described how I type .LOG at the top of the Notepad file, so the date and time are automatically entered when the file opens.

That’s a handy feature, but I wanted to timestamp the files as I was working to, to record my start and stop times. There are date and time shortcuts in Excel and Access, but unfortunately those shortcuts don’t work in Notepad.

I obviously hadn’t looked too hard, because today I found the shortcut that I’ve been looking for — listed right there on the Edit menu in Notepad. Now, if I want to insert the date and time, I press the F5 key, and it’s automatically entered for me.

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