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)

Public ReadOnly Property BlackoutDates As CalendarBlackoutDatesCollection

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.

<object>
  <object.BlackoutDates>
    oneOrMoreCalendarDateRanges
  </object.BlackoutDates>
</object>

oneOrMoreCalendarDateRanges

One or more object elements of type CalendarDateRange.

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

Dim datePickerWithBlackoutDates As 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)))

AddHandler datePickerWithBlackoutDates.DateValidationError, _
    AddressOf 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 Sub DatePicker_DateValidationError(ByVal sender As Object, _
                                           ByVal e As DatePickerDateValidationErrorEventArgs)

    Dim newDate As DateTime
    Dim datePickerObj As DatePicker = TryCast(sender, DatePicker)

    If DateTime.TryParse(e.Text, newDate) Then
        If datePickerObj.BlackoutDates.Contains(newDate) Then
            MessageBox.Show([String].Format("The date, {0}, cannot be selected.", e.Text))
        End If
    Else
        e.ThrowException = True
    End If
End Sub

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
Available since 4.0
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
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