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Save Rtf file with name as a date using vb6

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I am trying to make a personal reminder program.
I have a calendar control that puts a date into a textbox to be the rtfs file name.
the date format looks like this: 2/21/2015
I get this error:
The specified filename cannot be accessed or is invalid


fName = "C:\Backups\" & txtTaskDate & ".rtf"
debug results fName:
        C:\Backups\2/21/2015.rtf
how can i do this ?
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by:Martin Liss
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Dim a variable like this

Dim MyDate As Date

then MyDate = txtTaskdate
fName = "C:\Backups\" & MyDate & ".rtf"
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by:yo_bee
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The Wacks will cause this to error out.
you should parse the date mm-dd-yyyy or something else other than mm/dd/yyyy
Try using :
(Format(Now(), "yyyymmddhhMM")

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(Format(Now(), "mm-dd-yyyy"))

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by:Martin Liss
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Or forget all that and try

fName = "C:\Backups\" & cStr(txtTaskDate) & ".rtf"
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by:yo_bee
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The issue you will run into is the / / as invalid characters for a file name
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by:Martin Liss
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Yes that's right, I forgot about that.

To change it so that it's acceptable you could do something like

txtTaskDate = Replace(txtTaskdate,"/","-")

or

txtTaskDate = Replace(txtTaskdate,"/","")
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Hence my command of format.  Not saying that you can not do it with a replace, but you are adding additional steps rather than a format function.
Sub Test()
Dim mydate As String

mydate = "02/21/2015"


Debug.Print (Format(txtTaskDate, "mm-dd-yyyy"))


End Sub

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Both ways work thanks
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