Changing the way ArcMap displays short format dates on Windows XP

You can change the way ArcMap displays date formats by setting date format options within the Regional and Language settings of your computer.

If you want to display the long date format (characters), you must calculate a character field equal to the long date and use it in place of the date field. Use the following VBScript expression in the field calculator:

Character_Field = FormatDateTime([date_field], vbLongDate)
Using this expression, the date 8/20/02 is placed in the character field as Tuesday, August 20, 2002.

  1. Click the Start button in Windows XP.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Regional and Language Options.
  4. Click the Regional Options tab.
  5. Click the Customize button.
  6. Click the Date tab.
  7. Click the Short date format arrow and click the desired date format.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click OK on the Regional Options dialog box.

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