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Old 10-30-2013, 11:33 AM
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I have a windows MS word document that has been forwarded to me by email. I'm using office 2010 but have no idea what version it was created on. I am trying to establish when the document was first created by using the system properties. My confusion is that I'm looking on the statistics tab and the created date is after the printed date which makes no sense to me. Is there a perfectly reasonably explanation for this? If there is what is it, and perhaps more importantly can I reliably establish when the document was first created using the properties?



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If a Word document is saved using 'Save As', its created date becomes the 'Save As' date. This can lead to the scenario you describe. And, because a document can be re-saved at any time via 'Save As', you cannot tell from its contents when it was originally created. Besides, there's nothing to stop someone copying the content to a new file, closing & deleting the old file, then saving the new one with the same filename. In such a scenario, the file is both physically and logically a new one.
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