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Do you ever have trouble
remembering which month number August is? Do you get
tired typing in all those numbers when you have to enter
a date? Actually, you can use letters when you want to
enter a date.
If you want to just type numbers, the program will only
accept a year-month-day format. By using letters to
represent the month, the program has a better chance of
understanding differing date formats. It will accept both
month-day-year and day-month-year formats. By a strange
coincidence, it will not accept year-month-day formats
using letters to represent the month. Be careful as a
date like 02 oct 03 would be translated
to October 2, 2003 not October 3, 2002.
Spaces are important to separate the day and year portion
if you enter in the month-day-year format. For example, Oct1903
would translate as October 1, 1903 and not October 19,
2003. However, if you enter Oct19 03
(note the space), the program would understand the date
as October 19, 2003. If you are using the day-month-year
format, you can just run the entire date together as 19oct03.
Punctation and capitalization are ignored, so oct3
02, oct.3 02, OCT.3 02
and Oct.3, 2002 all translate to the
same October 3, 2002 date.
If you choose to enter only the last two digits of the
year, the program will assume the year to be between 80
years ago and 20 years ahead. For example, during
2002, the program will assume a two digit year to be
between 1922 and 2021. If you want to be sure, you
can enter the full four digit year.
Months that have a unique first letter (February,
September, October, November and December) can actually
be abbreviated with that single letter. January, April
and August can be abbreviated by their two letter code
while the other months require at least three letters. If
you do not feel like memorizing this entire list, you
should probably just use the first three letters of the
||Valid Short Entries
||Valid Short Entries
of which date format you use, if you enter an invalid
date, the program will ignore your attempt to change the
date. If there was a date in the field when you started
entering, it will be restored. If the date field was
blank, it will remain blank.
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