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Track How Much Time You Spend Editing Office 2013 Word Docs

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How long did it take you to write your dissertation? How about editing your resume? Whatever the case, figuring out how long you had a document open in Office 2013 is an easy trick compared to 2010 and previous versions. And, fear not. Even if you don’t feel like opening up an Office program just to check, there is still a way to check from the Windows desktop because Office stores this timestamp as meta data.

In Office 2013 applications it’s so easy that I took it for granted until I became curious earlier today. Just click the Info pane (at the top-left) and you’ll see Total Editing Time displayed in the right-hand column.

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To view editing time in Windows, track down the file using Windows Explorer and then right-click on it and select Properties.  In the details tab you’ll see Total editing time.


And that covers it. Tracking editing-time in Office 2013 is so easy that even a caveman wouldn’t have any trouble. There is one caveat though, and that is that time is counted based on how long the document is open in the Office app and not just when its active – unless its minimized.  I hope you enjoyed this groovy quick-tip. Send yours to [email protected] or share them on the grooyvPost forum!

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