As with all Word template based add-ins the template should be extracted from the zip file to the Word Startup folder - defined in Word Options > Advanced > File Locations > StartUp with Word closed. When Word is started the template will load with Word.
The add-in adds a button group, illustrated and annotated below, to the add-ins tab of the ribbon.
With the document open on screen (whether or not it has already been saved) click the Save Numbered Version button. The naming information is stored in document variables. The first time you do this for a given document sequence, the variables will not be present. The function will therefore prompt for the document type. This can be one of the four pre-defined types of any other type entered into the dialog. The rest of the variables will be defined from the document filename and the current date.
If the document has not previously been saved, you will be prompted to first save the document.
The document is saved, then resaved with the new versioned filename. The originally named document is removed leaving only version 1 of the document, and the document name and path are added to the Word title bar as shown below. Subsequent saves will add the version numbers as shown in the second of the following illustrations.
The date (if included) is added to the start of the filename in the format yyyy-mm-dd to take advantage of the filename sorting of Windows.
A document designated 'Final' should be just that - 'Final' - and the Save Numbered Version tool does not allow for having sequentially numbered final documents. The 'Change Filename' tool allows for any element of the filename to be changed (see next illustration). Use the various options to change the document name, type, the folder location and the number sequence.
In the following example the document numbering has reached number 5 and the next save is to be the final version of the document. Instead of clicking 'Save Numbered Version', click instead 'Change Filename'. The following dialog opens showing the current status of the document filename and its associated variables.
Change the document type to 'Final' and the 'Version No.' reverts to 1 and the document name is set as shown below.
Click 'Change document name' to save the document with the new name.
Note that for 'Final' and 'Signature' document types it is not possible to change the version number from 1 from this dialog, but you may increment the number by using the Save Numbered Version tool.
Where the 'Include Date' option is selected, the date is incremented each time the document is saved using the 'Save Numbered Version' button.
When using the 'Change Document Name dialog' by default this convention is retained and the current date is shown in the dialog. However you may check the 'Retain original date' check box to restore the date already associated with the filename. You may also change the date to any date by clicking in the date text box, which will display the following date picker dialog. Click the date number to insert that date.
When first run (or if the option to show the disclaimer on startup is checked, the application will display the following disclaimer text..
Elsewhere on this web site is a macro to produce numbered versions of a document. Feedback from a user prompted me to develop an add-in that extends the concept to produce a flexible means of numbering document versions. The add-in is only loosely based on the aforementioned macro and produces documents that are named differently from those named using that macro.