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How make short date field on a form display only the month/day/year

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I have a date field on a form and the format is Short Date.  But I want it to only display for example 10/19/2014 when the focus is on the field.  Right now it shows for example 10/19/2014 9:10:38 AM

How can I change this?
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by:IrogSinta
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Instead of Short Date in the Format property of that particular control, use mm/dd/yyyy.

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by:SteveL13
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Didn't work.  It still shows "10/19/2014 9:10:38 AM" when the focus is on the field.  This is an unbound form if that helps.
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by:IrogSinta
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Where is it getting that date/time if this is an unbound form?
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by:SteveL13
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It is a form used to locate a record or records based on the date range the user enters.  See screen shot.

Then there is a query which is the record source for a report that uses:

Between [Forms]![frmname]![txtStartDate] and [Forms]![frmname][!txtStartDate] for the criteria.

All I need is for the date field(s) on the form to display just "10/19/2014"  instead of "10/19/2014 9:10:38 AM" when the focus is on the field
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by:IrogSinta
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You forgot the screenshot.
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by:SteveL13
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Sorry.  Here are two... one before the date field gets the focus and one after the date field gets the focus.  You can see that the time starts to display (and would fully display if the field was longer.

before focus
after focus
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by:IrogSinta
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So you actually selected a date from the date picker calendar rather than entering something in the field?
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by:SteveL13
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The default of the date fields is =Now()

When I click on the date field as if I wanted to manually enter a date, the time shows up.
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by:SteveL13
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Or even if I just click on the date field to use the calendar date picker the time shows up.
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IrogSinta earned 2000 total points
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That explains it.  The function Now() includes the time.  You need to use the function Date() instead in the default value.
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by:SteveL13
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Thank you so much!
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