masked textbox

Posted on 2006-06-12
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am trying to use the Masked TextBox for date.

In the database data is stored as 1/12/2006 not 01/12/2006

I specified the _ _/_ _/_ _ _ _ for the mask and it works fine for entries with double digits for the month like
12/01/2006.  If I have 1 digit months 1/1/2006 then it stores 11/20/06__  

It shifts everthing to fit the mask.  I changed the mask to _/_ _/_ _ _ _ and it works fine for the single months, but then it gets messed up for the double digit months.

How can I make it stop shifting over?

Question by:yanci1179
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Expert Comment

ID: 16889519
you cant know if the month will be with one or two digits, so you will have to use the two digits format.

There will be a moment when you use the text inside your masked textbox to know a date. At this moment you can just say that a mont with one digit must be written as 0x (for example 01/01/1980) or you can just show at the text of the masked textbox (which could be like 1 /1 /1980) and make a usefull format like 01/01/1980 out of it.

If I have 1 digit months 1/1/2006 then it stores 11/20/06__  (i tryed to do it with 1 digit and it works fine for me so it must be a problem of your application)
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Expert Comment

ID: 16889557
maybe you are passing the string to date without handling the spaces first?
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Expert Comment

ID: 16889614
//In the database data is stored as 1/12/2006 not 01/12/2006

Sorry, i din't read this,
yyes you are right, the value is wrong then.

You just have to do aut of dates like 1/2/1981 dates like 01/02/1981

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Assisted Solution

dkloeck earned 400 total points
ID: 16889719
i tryed it with this code and it works fine:

string dbDate = "1/2/1982";
string newDate = dbDate;
if (newDate.IndexOf("/") < 2)
    newDate = "0" + newDate;
if (newDate.IndexOf("/", 3) < 5)
    newDate = newDate.Insert(3, "0");
maskedTextBox1.Text = newDate;

Accepted Solution

t_itanium earned 100 total points
ID: 16891774
when you get the data from the database make a simple check..:

string date="";
string day=dbDate.Day.ToString();
string month=dbDate.Month.ToString();;
string year=dbDate.Year.ToString();;

if (day.Length()==2)


if (month.Length()==2)


if (year.Length()==4)

then assign the value of date to the textbox..


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