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Why new record defaulting to 12/30/1899 ???

Posted on 2015-02-20
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On a form I have a date field.  The user enters a date sometimes in the past, sometimes he may enter today's date.

Then on the form I have an [Add Record] command button.  When the button is clicked the form displays a new record but the date is populated with 12/30/1899 !!!!   What?  Why?

Here is the onclick code of the command button:

Private Sub txtTranxDate_AfterUpdate()

    Me!txtTranxDate.DefaultValue = Me!txtTranxDate.Value

End Sub

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All I want the date field to populate with is the last date entered in the record prior to the new one.
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Question by:SteveL13
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PatHartman earned 250 total points
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12/30/1899 is the "0" date.  Therefore, Me.txtTranxDate must contain zero.

"Last" is a meaningless term in a relational database so I presume that you mean the record entered immediately prior to the current one.  What if this is the "first" record?

One method is to define a tempvar to hold the last entered value.  So in the AfterUpdate event of the date control, store the entered value in the tempvar.  Then in the BeforeInsert event of your form, populate the date with the tempvar value.  don't forget to check for null so you can substitute today's date - Date() or whatever makes sense.
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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Check the default value of the control and of the field in your table.  It should be blank if you want new records to come up blank.
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by:Gustav Brock
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Replace with this code:

    With Me!txtTranxDate
        If Not IsNull(.Value) Then
            .DefaultValue = "#" & Format(.Value, "yyyy\/mm\/dd") & "#"
        End If
    End With

/gustav
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