Change date format

Change date format

DataPrep offers a wide range of predefined date and time formats.  Choose to apply a predefined date-time format from the template or create your own custom format.  Your custom format is saved to the template and can be used again in the future.

To change the date format

1.  Right-click the date column and select the Change date format option from the context menu. 

2. Select a date and time format from the template in the operation bar. 

You can choose the predefined time format to be in 24 hour format by selecting the Use 24-hour format checkbox.

   3. If you just need dates without the time, you can choose the option  None  for the time format and vice versa.

To create custom date formats

1. Select the Custom format radio button to open the custom date format creator.

2. Click to select the different date components to build your custom date format.

3. You can choose 24-Hour format by selecting the hour-format icon which would appear at the right end when you hover your mouse over the text box.

4. You can click on the grip portion of the tile (grip icon that appears on hovering your mouse over) and move around the tiles to rearrange them.

5. A live preview of your date column is shown as you build your custom date format.

 The custom date format is invalid if one or more of the following conditions are not met:
  1. You have to choose at least one tile from the Day, Month, and Year tiles.
  2. You can use the characters, 'Z' and 'T' only once in a date-time format.
  3. The tiles that follow the character, 'T' must be related to time such as Hours, Mins, Sec.
  4. A date-time format must contain an Hours tile.
  5. In a date-time format, you can use either the character, 'Z ' or any one of the tiles.
  6. You can choose only one format from the Day, Month, Year, Hours, Mins, and Sec tiles.
6. You can apply this transformation to multiple columns. Select the columns using the   icon against  Columns to apply
 DataPrep allows only the following delimiters while constructing a date or a date-time format.
List of delimiters
/ : , . \s T Z
Note: \s denotes a single whitespace. Please provide an actual space when you provide the input.

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