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Preserving or copying font settings during field value replacement

Since UpdateField doesn't seem to support CREATEDATE fields I used the workaround suggested in this thread <A href="https://forum.aspose.com/t/123329</A> and modified it to work with CREATEDATE.</P> <P>The problem with this workaround is that I can't get it to preserve the font settings for the field in the original document.</P> <P>How can I get Aspose.Words to either preserve or copy the font settings from the original field value or is it possible to update the CREATEDATE field in some other way?</P> <P>Regards,</P> <P>Patrik</P>

Hi Patrik,

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Thanks for your request. Could you please attach your document and expected output here for testing? I will check the issue on my side and provide you more information.

Best regards.

Here is a test document containing two CREATEDATE fields with different font settings. I first change the created time using getBuiltInDocumentProperties().setCreatedTime() and then I want the CREATEDATE fields to be updated.
If I use Document.UpdateFields() they are not updated and if I use the workaround code from the forum thread above they are updated but the font settings are somehow changed so both fields have the same settings.




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Thanks for your request. You can try using the following code to achieve this:

private static void updateCreatedDate(Document doc, Date newDate) throws Exception


// First, we should update Document property.


// Then we should update values of CREATEDATE fields.

// DocumentBuilder will help us to achieve this.

DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);

// We should get all field starts to find CREATEDATE fields.

NodeCollection starts = doc.getChildNodes(NodeType.FIELD_START, true, true);

for(int i=0; i<starts.getCount(); i++)


FieldStart start = (FieldStart)starts.get(i);

if(start.getFieldType() == FieldType.FIELD_CREATE_DATE)


// To update field, we should update text between FieldSeparator and FieldEnd nodes.

// Search for FieldSeparator

Node currentNode = start;

while(currentNode.getNodeType() != NodeType.FIELD_SEPARATOR)

currentNode = currentNode.getNextSibling();

// Remove old value of field.

while(currentNode.getNodeType() != NodeType.FIELD_END)


if(currentNode.getNodeType() == NodeType.RUN)


currentNode = currentNode.getNextSibling();


// Move DocumentBuilder cursor to the cuurent node

// and insert updated value.






But note, this method does not aware formatting switches specified in your fields. I think, you can modify the method to do so. Hope this helps.

Best regards.