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Custom Date Formats

You can specify custom date formats in invoice/estimate/statement/report templates. The formats are part of NSCalendarDate (see Apple's Cocoa Foundation framework documentation for more details). The following is a list of specifiers:

%%
a '%' character
%a
abbreviated weekday name
%A
full weekday name
%b
abbreviated month name
%B
full month name
%c
shorthand for %X %x, the locale format for date and time
%d
day of the month as a decimal number (01-31)
%e
same as %d but does not print the leading 0 for days 1 through 9
%F
milliseconds as a decimal number (000-999)
%H
hour based on a 24-hour clock as a decimal number (00-23)
%I
hour based on a 12-hour clock as a decimal number (01-12)
%j
day of the year as a decimal number (001-366)
%m
month as a decimal number (01-12)
%M
minute as a decimal number (00-59)
%p
AM/PM designation for the locale
%S
second as a decimal number (00-59)
%w
weekday as a decimal number (0-6), where Sunday is 0
%x
date using the date representation for the locale
%X
time using the time representation for the locale
%y
year without century (00-99)
%Y
year with century (such as 1990)
%Z
time zone name (such as Pacific Daylight Time)
%z
time zone offset in hours and minutes from GMT (HHMM)

So, if you'd like to specify a custom format instead of using one our canned formats, you enter it as follows: "%Y-%m-%d". That will give you an output that looks like "2008-09-21".

 



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