Adding the date and time as dynamic text using a custom format
Inserting date and time dynamic text allows you to add the current system date and time to the map sheet, which can be updated whenever the map sheet is opened or when you switch between map sheets. Time uses the current system time; the date updates automatically using the date from the computer. The date and time are updated when the map sheet is printed.
You have the option of creating a custom format for the date and time dynamic text that you can view before accepting.
- Start ArcMap.
- On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > MPS Atlas.
Click the Add Dynamic Text button on the MPS Atlas toolbar.
A crosshair with a letter A appears.
Click anywhere in the map sheet layout.
A piece of dynamic text is inserted on the page.
Double-click the dynamic text.
The Dynamic Text Properties dialog box appears.
- Click the Dynamic Text tab if necessary.
- Click the Dynamic Text drop-down arrow and choose Date and Time.
The Date and Time text appears in the text box.
Click the dynamic text element in the text field.
The Date and Time Dynamic Text Properties dialog box appears.
- Click the User Defined Format option.
Type the date and time format you want to use in the text box.
If you leave the text box blank, the system's default date and time format is used.
Click Preview to view a sample of the format you have chosen.
The User Defined Format message appears.
- Click OK to close the sample.
- Click OK when you are finished defining the date and time format.
Click About formatting options on the Date and Time Dynamic Text Properties dialog box for additional information about using the User Defined Format option.