I am currently putting together a template document in Pages and would like the date to update each time it is opened.

However, I would also like to display the date as an ordinal number (for example, today would be 11th September 2012) which isn't in the list of available formats.

Does anybody know of a way to set the date to auto-update in this format or do I have to manually set it each time?


In the current version of Pages your only option is to insert a table, then use spreadsheet formats to insert a day.

Create a table with a single cell, enter =today() in the cell, then use the formatting panel to choose a date format, remove table/cell borders and so on.

If you're not happy with the formatting options available, see Forumas & Functions Help in Numbers to find additional options.

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  • Consider specifying Pages version 2 rather than “the current version”. The OP failed to do this as well, but adding details really helps a year or more down the road. Most importantly, +1 and thanks for the answer! – bmike Jul 21 '18 at 10:49

You can set the date to update every time the document is opened by double-clicking on it, and selecting “Automatically update on open”. As for making the date ordinal, I don’t think it’s possible or would require heavy plist modifications or may depend on your localisation settings.

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  • Thank you. I had the updating part figured out but all of the formats seem kind of awkward for British English – James O'Neill Sep 11 '12 at 15:12
  • Is your language and region (British English and United Kingdom) set in System Preferences > Language and Text as well as the document properties? – duci9y Sep 11 '12 at 15:17
  • Yes they are. I've also just been experimenting with the system date format and haven't found any way to add an ordinal suffix there. I'm surprised, it's something I thought would've come up. – James O'Neill Sep 11 '12 at 15:34
  • Me too. That’s odd, but not much, observing that not a big chunk of the world uses ordinal dates. – duci9y Sep 11 '12 at 16:35
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    The auto-updating features seems to have been removed. Using version 5.2.2 here. – George C May 24 '16 at 18:46

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