Configure Date Fields

Date fields don't look or behave the way you want? Take control by editing the date field's Properties page:

Access this page in one of the following ways:

Set the Default date to be today:

When users fill out a data-entry from, you can help them out. Have QuickBase automatically enter today's date in a date field. The program doesn't prohibit other dates from being entered, it just gives users a head start. To automate this entry: On the field's Properties page, next to Default value, turn on the Today checkbox.

Tip: Users entering data in QuickBase can also take a shortcut. In any date field, press the "t" key. When you do so, QuickBase enters today's date. You can also use the keyboard to go back or forward one day. If there's a date in the field, select it and press [ to change the value to the day before the existing date, or press ] for the day after.

Change the Date Format

QuickBase automatically displays dates in the following format: 07-05-2011. You can format the date differently, if you want. To do so, select one or more of the following options under Format within the Display section:

Tip: If you want you display the date in this format: date as: JUL 5, 2011, turn on both the Show the month as a name and Don't show the year for dates in the current year checkboxes. But remember, only dates that are not in the current year will show the year, and dates in the current year look like this: JUL 5.


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