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SET DATE Command

Specifies the format for the display of Date and DateTime expressions.


SET DATE [TO] AMERICAN | ANSI | BRITISH | FRENCH | GERMAN | ITALIAN
 | JAPAN | TAIWAN | USA | MDY | DMY | YMD| SHORT | LONG

Here are the settings and the resulting date formats:

Setting Format

AMERICAN

mm/dd/yy

ANSI

yy.mm.dd

BRITISH/FRENCH

dd/mm/yy

GERMAN

dd.mm.yy

ITALIAN

dd-mm-yy

JAPAN

yy/mm/dd

TAIWAN

yy/mm/dd

USA

mm-dd-yy

MDY

mm/dd/yy

DMY

dd/mm/yy

YMD

yy/mm/dd

SHORT

Short date format determined by the Windows Control Panel short date setting.

LONG

Long date format determined by the Windows Control Panel long date setting.

NoteNote

When SET DATE is set to SHORT or LONG, a date before {^1601-01-01} is invalid and generates an error.

The default date setting is AMERICAN.

The SET DATE setting also determines how the date appears in datetime expressions.

If DATE is set to SHORT or LONG, the SET CENTURY, SET MARK, SET HOURS, and SET SECONDS settings are ignored.

SET DATE is scoped to the current data session.

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