getting/setting the short dateformat in windows by using delphi?

how do i do this?

Our application must have a specific short dateformat.
You can find the dateformat i want to change by clicking control panel-->regional settings-->short dateformat
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Darth_helgeAsked:
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mokuleCommented:
If You mean inside Your application

variable

ShortDateFormat
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Darth_helgeAuthor Commented:
but some places in my app i get the date from windows. if this date is in yy.mm.dd, can I just set the ShortDateFormat variable inside my application to the same?
I don't have to change anything in Windows?
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Ivanov_GCommented:

   use user defined settings, for example

   unit MyAppContants;
   ....
   const
      Format_ShortDate  = 'dd.mm.yyyy';
      Format_LongDate   = 'dd.mm.yyyy hh:nn:ss'

   procedure MyDateToStr(var InpDate : TDateTime);
   begin
     InpDate = FormatDateTime(Format_ShortDate, InpDate);
   end;

   then from your application use this method ...
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mokuleCommented:

You don't have to change anything in Windows.
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RatjeCommented:
Setting and restoring shortdateformat ( and changing separator ) example

var
  Dtscheiding : Char ;
  Dtformat : String [20] ;

  Dtformat        := shortDateFormat ;            // oldformat
  DtSepar    := DateSeparator ;              // oldseparator

  ShortDateFormat := 'dd/mm/yyyy';      
  DateSeparator   := '-';                      


  ShortDateFormat := Dtformat ;                   // restore oldformat
  DateSeparator     := DtSepar ;                 // restore separator

Rat
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RatjeCommented:
oops Dtscheiding should be DtSepar
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Ivanov_GCommented:

    Darth_helge, if you get the Date from windows :

    var
        CurrDate : String;
    begin
       CurrDate := MyDateToStr(Now);

    the implementation of MyDateToStr - see my post above. I think you should not change anything in Windows.
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kretzschmarCommented:
just another way

unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Variants, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms,
  Dialogs, StdCtrls;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Edit1: TEdit;
    Button1: TButton;
    Button2: TButton;
    procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
    procedure Button2Click(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.dfm}

//get
procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  P : array[0..100] of char;
begin
  getLocaleInfo(LOCALE_USER_DEFAULT,LOCALE_SSHORTDATE,p,SizeOf(p));
  ShowMessage(p);
end;

//set
procedure TForm1.Button2Click(Sender: TObject);
var s : String;
begin
  s := edit1.Text;
  setLocaleInfo(LOCALE_USER_DEFAULT,LOCALE_SSHORTDATE,PChar(s));
end;

end.

meikl ;-)
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mokuleCommented:
Moreover You don't need set ShortDateFormat.

This variable is set when Your application starts and if variable UpdateFormatSettings is set to True (default setting) it is updated every time user changes Windows setting.

You need to set ShortDateFormat if You store/load dates in a string format and want to convert from string to date and vice versa.
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Darth_helgeAuthor Commented:
sorry.. i was going to give more people points.. but i did wrong
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Darth_helgeAuthor Commented:
yes, there were many good answers here
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