DatePicker.BlackoutDates Property

Gets or sets a collection of dates that are marked as not selectable.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

public CalendarBlackoutDatesCollection BlackoutDates { get; }
<object>
  <object.BlackoutDates>
    oneOrMoreCalendarDateRanges
  </object.BlackoutDates>
</object>

XAML Values

oneOrMoreCalendarDateRanges

One or more object elements of type CalendarDateRange.

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Controls.CalendarBlackoutDatesCollection
A collection of dates that cannot be selected. The default value is an empty collection.

Dates in this collection will appear as disabled on the drop-down calendar. If the user types a date that is not selectable, the DateValidationError event occurs.

To make all past dates not selectable, you can use the AddDatesInPast method provided by the collection returned by this property.

Adding a date to this collection when it is already selected or adding a date outside the range specified by DisplayDateStart and DisplayDateEnd will cause an ArgumentOutOfRangeException.

The following example creates a DatePicker that displays the dates in August 2009 and specifies that each Saturday and Sunday is not selectable.

DatePicker datePickerWithBlackoutDates = new DatePicker();

datePickerWithBlackoutDates.DisplayDateStart = new DateTime(2009, 8, 1);
datePickerWithBlackoutDates.DisplayDateEnd = new DateTime(2009, 8, 31);
datePickerWithBlackoutDates.SelectedDate = new DateTime(2009, 8, 10);

datePickerWithBlackoutDates.BlackoutDates.Add(
    new CalendarDateRange(new DateTime(2009, 8, 1), new DateTime(2009, 8, 2)));
datePickerWithBlackoutDates.BlackoutDates.Add(
    new CalendarDateRange(new DateTime(2009, 8, 8), new DateTime(2009, 8, 9)));
datePickerWithBlackoutDates.BlackoutDates.Add(
    new CalendarDateRange(new DateTime(2009, 8, 15), new DateTime(2009, 8, 16)));
datePickerWithBlackoutDates.BlackoutDates.Add(
    new CalendarDateRange(new DateTime(2009, 8, 22), new DateTime(2009, 8, 23)));
datePickerWithBlackoutDates.BlackoutDates.Add(
    new CalendarDateRange(new DateTime(2009, 8, 29), new DateTime(2009, 8, 30)));

datePickerWithBlackoutDates.DateValidationError +=
    new EventHandler<DatePickerDateValidationErrorEventArgs>(DatePicker_DateValidationError);

// root is a Panel that is defined elsewhere.
root.Children.Add(datePickerWithBlackoutDates);
<DatePicker Name="datePickerWithBlackoutDates"
            DisplayDateStart="8/1/09"
            DisplayDateEnd="8/31/09"
            SelectedDate="8/10/09"
            DateValidationError="DatePicker_DateValidationError">
  <DatePicker.BlackoutDates>
    <CalendarDateRange Start="8/1/09" End="8/2/09"/>
    <CalendarDateRange Start="8/8/09" End="8/9/09"/>
    <CalendarDateRange Start="8/15/09" End="8/16/09"/>
    <CalendarDateRange Start="8/22/09" End="8/23/09"/>
    <CalendarDateRange Start="8/29/09" End="8/30/09"/>
  </DatePicker.BlackoutDates>
</DatePicker>

The DatePicker handles the DateValidationError event, as shown in the following code. If the user enters a date that is not selectable, the example displays a message. If the user enters text that is not a valid date, an exception is thrown.

// If the text is a valid date, but a part of the 
// BlackoutDates collection, show a message.
// If the text is not a valid date, thow an exception.
private void DatePicker_DateValidationError(object sender,
                DatePickerDateValidationErrorEventArgs e)
{
    DateTime newDate;
    DatePicker datePickerObj = sender as DatePicker;

    if (DateTime.TryParse(e.Text, out newDate))
    {
        if (datePickerObj.BlackoutDates.Contains(newDate))
        {
            MessageBox.Show(String.Format("The date, {0}, cannot be selected.",
                                           e.Text));
        }
    }
    else
    {
        e.ThrowException = true;
    }
}

The preceding example produces output that is similar to the following illustration.

DatePicker with dates that are not selectable

DatePicker with dates that are not selectable

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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