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Entering dates is a personal thing and no two people will agree on the best format. In Access Anaesthetics, you can generally use the method you are familiar with. However, whatever way you enter a date, it will always be displayed in the format DD/MMM/YYYY, for example, 03/Apr/2002.
Dates can be typed directly into date fields. The fields have no input mask. In other words, the dot (.), hyphen (-) or slash (/) that you would normally insert does not appear automatically. This is because people have different habits with entering dates, and we have not imposed our own preference. The simplest way to enter a separator is to use the space bar. So if you enter 9 7 2003, the date will appear as 9/Jul/2003.
The purpose of using the 3 character month format is to avoid problems where some computers still have a US date format. This can lead to people entering 7/4/2003 and finding that the date appears as 04/Jul/2003 instead of 07/Apr/2003. The DD/MMM/YYYY format is unambiguous.
Additional date entry features include the following:
System date format
If you occasionally see the date in the US format, you may have your computer's short date format set to the US standard. To change this, modify the date settings in the Windows Control Panel. To do this, click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Settings > Date, and change the short date format to dd/mm/yyyy. The exact steps may vary with different Windows versions.
To assist in clarifying the date formats, the current date is shown on the bottom right of the Access Anaesthetics Main Menu in a long format (e.g. Wednesday February 12, 2003). Alongside this is shown the corresponding Windows Short Date format (.e.g. 2/12/03) so that if necessary, you can check that the format for entering dates is what you expect.
Using the calendar to enter dates