Entering Dates

How you enter dates depends on the settings that have been selected in the Regional Options window in the Windows Control Panel. You can enter dates with or without separators.

In a date field you can enter two, four, six or eight digits:

However, if you are using Windows 2000 as your operating system you can determine this date range yourself. This is done by adjusting the Calendar setting on the Date tab in the Regional Options window in the Control Panel.

You can also enter a date as a weekday followed by a week number and, optionally, a year (for example, Mon25 or mon25 means Monday in week 25).

Instead of entering a specific date, you can enter one of two codes:


The program will enter today's date. (the system date for the computer).


The program will enter the work date. To define the work date, click Tools, Work Date, on the menu bar. If you do not define a work date, the program will use the system date as the work date.

You may want to use a work date if you have many transactions with a date other than today's date.

Closing Date

When you close a fiscal year, you can use closing dates to indicate that an entry is a closing entry. A closing date technically lies between two dates, for example between Dec 31 and Jan 1.

To specify that a date is a closing date, put C just before the date: C123101.

Related Topics

Setting Work Dates

Using Date Formulas