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Drop-down list controls and Combo Box controls are used to be able to enter text or perhaps a set of numbers. But if you want to enter a date, the control you're going to use is the Date Picker content control. We have a need to enter today's date here and so what we're going to do is click where we would like to place the Date Picker content control then we'll find it right here. It looks like a small calendar with a drop down on top of it in the Controls group on the Developer tab and we'll just drop in that content control right here. We've king of get rid of the click here language, so I think I'm actually going to change this so it says choose date.
The first let's take a look at its Properties, because you'll find that there are a raft of properties in this Date Picker control. As always, we'll turn off the content control deletion possibility by locking it and then this is-- you could call it Today or you can call it today's date and again, this is the title that users see, this is the tag that only you see. Then it says, how will we show the date? This might seem meaningless. 5/3/2001 works pretty good, as long as you're restricting your form to folks in US.
If however you might want to have people filling out this form someplace else, in many other countries they actually will put the date in a different order. It's more common, for example, to see no something like 3 May. The default that many people use is to actually use a version that spells out the month name or at lease three characters of it and to put that second right here. So it has the day first, then the month, then the year.
Notice also the MMM here in this custom control lets you see that actually is going to spell out in abbreviation. Now if you scroll down you'll find that you could also have the user simply choose the date and it would insert the date and time. If you don't need the time there's really no reason to do that. If you choose other locales, if you have other locales on your computer loaded into Windows, you can select them here. You can select different calendar types, but this does most of what we'd like it to do. So I'm going to go ahead and say OK.
And now, let's go ahead and returned with Design mode off and you'll notice when you choose here's your date picker and because we want the user to enter today's date particularly, this is a great tool because it always has the ability to enter today with a single click of the button. We can go to another month if we wish, backwards or forwards in time, but no matter where we are clicking today will always enter today's date when we're here in the date picker. I'm going to return to the Properties one more time here and remind you that you have a wide range of ways to choose what you'd like to show, including spelling the date out fully. There are times that's a bit important for you to know what weekday as well as what date something occurred on.
Feel free to use the date picker, because that way it's all entered in one field and the user doesn't have to enter it in multiple fields. This is a very powerful control, really easy to implement, and users really, really like it that's the Microsoft Word 2010 Date Picker content control.
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