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MS Access 2007: Define a custom format for a Date/Time field in a table

This MSAccess tutorial explains how to define a custom format for a date/time field in a table in Access 2007 (with screenshots and step-by-step instructions).

Question: In Microsoft Access 2007, I have a table with a date field in it. When I view the table, I'd like to see the date value displayed as "mm/dd/yyyy hh:nn:ss" format. How can I do this?

Answer: In Access, you can use the Format property to customize how a date will appear in a table.

To create a custom date format on a field, open your table in Design view by right-clicking on the table name in the left window and selecting Design View from the popup menu.

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Then select the date field, and set the Format property that you'd like to appear in the field. For example, if you wanted to view the date as "01/31/2005 21:00:00", set the Format property to:

mm/dd/yyyy hh:nn:ss

In this example, we've set the Format property for the OrderDate field.

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If you wanted to view the date as "01/31/2005 9:00:00 PM", you would set the Format property as follows:

mm/dd/yyyy hh:nn:ss AM/PM

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