I want the user to enter a date mm/dd/yyyy. If it is in a table, let them know and return to previous form. If date is not on file, append a record to a table, put the search date in the date field and bring open a form in the edit mode. I am new to Delphi so please be very specific with your answers. I used a maskedit box for input. Used findkey to search the table and MessageDlg to tell user date is on file but have problems when date is not on file and I try to put the input date in the table (Table1DateField := EditMask1.) HELP!!