I am working on a document where I wish to insert the current date. I was exploring text variables. But I can't spot any option for inserting the current date.
Any guidance on how to carry this out would be appreciated.
Try Create and edit text variables in InDesign again.
Type>Text Variables>Modification or Output Date
You can modify the variable by editing it
Modification Date inserts the date or time the document was last saved to disk; Output Date inserts the date or time the document starts a print job, exports to PDF, or packages the document. You can insert text before and after the date, and you can modify the date format for all date variables.
ah... got it... .thanks a lot, Aman. really appreciate your guidance here.
While it appears the original poster was satisfied with this answer, it didn't actually answer their question.
I, too, would like to know how to insert the current date. That is, a date which is variable according to when it was originally inserted, but which then stops being dynamic. It's not always possible or useful to tie such a thing to the filesystem. You may be simply updating an existing file, in which case 'date created' is not what you want, and also you don't want the date constantly updating every subsequent time you update it, so 'date modified' is also unsuitable.
This is still currently not possible with InDesign 2021.
This was helpful. I created a new modification variable with a new name to use in letters (with no doc open). The new name appears in the edit menu, but not in the insert variable list when I go to use it in a new document. Is there a way to make it "stick"?
Update to previous post: It disappeared from the edit menu now. I'd like to make it something that's available all the time.