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Microsoft Access form date format

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Two questions.
I have a date field with the format of mm/dd/yyyy;h:nn.  When the record is displayed the time is blank until you place the cursor in the field.  How do I get it to display always?

In the field properties I tried placing the above format in the "input mask", but it doesn't work.  I want the user to know how to format the date/time.  How?
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by:Rey Obrero
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open the table in design view, select the Date field and set the Format to "General Date"
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by:Gustav Brock
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Use the Format property of the textbox you use for display. Set it to:

mm/dd/yyyy h:nn

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When I enter the date in the field the mask displays but I can't change the time.  When I try to type the time in the text will not change.  I've tried the both the number pad and numbers above the letters.  It won't even let me backspace over the time text.
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upload a copy of your db
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Gustav Brock earned 400 total points
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An input mask is very different from a Format property. It is not very well suited for entering date and time.

You could try with this mask:
00/00/0000 00:00

Study the examples in the on-line help.

/gustav
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@cactus_data.  Yours worked.  Can you send one that will show am/pm?

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@jrsitman

did you even try my post at http:#a39682665 ?

will give you this result

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by:jrsitman
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@capricorn1, yes sir I did.  I tried that one first.  It didn't work, so I tried the other posts.
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@capricorn1, when I place the cursor in the field, it doesn't do anything and it will let me enter any date format I want.
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by:Gustav Brock
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I don't think that is possible, because the characters of the mask determine the type of allowed characters, not the character(s) to input. Like the example:

>L????L?000L0   to allow for input like: GREENGR339M3

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@cactus_data.  Thanks.  Not that important anyway
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what version of access are you using?
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2010, backend is 2003 format
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Thanks
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You are welcome!

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