How To Quickly Type Dates, Times, and Durations

TimeTo™ makes it easy to enter dates, times, and durations in a variety of formats. Throughout TimeTo™, you can use these shorthand techniques to save typing and calculation time.

Date field shorcuts

Every date field allows you to either type a date, or choose a date from a date picker that pops up if you click the down arrow icon immediately to the right of the date field. TimeTo can handle dates between April 18 1986 through December 31 2068.


Typing dates:

Type a full date: for example, 11/11/2008 (follow the order of month, day, and year that you have set in Windows in Start > Settings > Control Panels > Regional and Language Options > Regional Options tab > Short Date field).
You can also separate the month day and year with hyphens, spaces, or periods (for example, 11-11-2008, 11 11 2008, or 11.11.2008).
If you leave out the thousands (for example, 11/11/07), TimeTo™ assumes the year is between 1969 and 2068.

You can also choose to type the month as a three-letter English abbreviation (and two letters for months where this is unambiguous), so you can type such constructs as 12-Nov-2008 or De/12/2008. You must still include a delimiter (space, slash, comma, or period) between the month and the numerals, and you still must type month, day, and optionally the year, in the order you specified for them in the Windows Regional Settings control panel.

If you leave out the year (for example, 11/11) TimeTo™ will set the year assuming you meant the next occurence of that date, unless you specified a date earlier in the current month or one in the immediately previous month in which case the previous occurence of that date appears (for example if it's December 2008 and you enter January 1 or October 31 TimeTo™ assumes you mean 2008, while if you enter November 1 or December 1 TimeTo™ assumes you mean 2008).

Alternately, you can avoid having to know the date you want (or simply save keystrokes) by typing relative codes of these forms that TimeTo™ will automatically convert to a date for you:

Use upper or lower case, at your leisure. For a quick reminder of these choices, simply type something invalid in any date field and a summary of the above information will appear.

Choosing dates with the date picker:

Click the down-pointing arrow to the right of the date field to view the date picker. (Please note that, for Windows 98 users, some date fields do not have a date picker.)

The date picker displays eight weeks of dates, starting with the current month (or the month of the date currently typed in the field if the field is not blank).

To change the month you are viewing, press the UpArrow or DownArrow key (or click the up or down arrows on the right edge of the date picker) to move forward or back a month at a time.

To change the year you are viewing (from 1987 through 2068), press the PgUp key (or click the space above the slider on the right edge of the date pciker) to move backward a year, or press the PgDn key (or the space below the slider) to move forward a year.

To change to the current month and year, press the Home key.

Once you are viewing the month you want, click on the desired date: the date picker will then close and the date you chose appears in the field as if you had typed it.

Tip: Choose the Darken Busier Days command (from the Calendar Window submenu of the View menu) to cause dates of the current month and the next month on the date picker (and Calendar Window) to have tinted backgrounds that indicate how full they are (or Don't Darken Busier Days to defeat this behavior).

Tip: If you would like the date picker to show weeks spanning from Monday to Sunday rather than from Sunday to Saturday, check the Weeks Start Mon (instead of Sun) checkbox in Other Settings.

International date formats:
TimeTo™ can work with all the common international date formats. TimeTo™ picks up its format from Windows' date settings. Therefore, to have TimeTo™ converse with you in, for instance, British date format, follow these steps (you don't have to leave TimeTo™ to change date format: just close and re-open any windows that contain date fields if the change results in any date fields in such windows temporarily looking odd):

  1. Click on Start on your Windows desktop.
  2. Click on Control Panels.
  3. Click on Regional And Language Options.
  4. Click the Regional Options tab.
  5. Click the Customize button.
  6. Click the Date tab.
  7. For the Short Date Format field, choose dd/MM/yyyy from the pulldown menu.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click OK.
  10. TimeTo™ should now converse with you in dd/mm/yyyy format starting with the next window you open in TimeTo™ (you don't have to leave or restart TimeTo™ for the change to take effect).

Time field shortcuts

You can type times based upon the 12- or the 24-hour clock (no matter whether your Windows is set to use a 12-hour or 24-hour clock) or mix and match any of these short forms:

For a quick reminder of these choices, simply type something invalid in any time field and a summary of this information appears.

Duration field shortcuts

You can type durations as hour and minutes separated by a colon, comma, or period (for example, 1:30 or 1.30 or 1,30 for an hour and 30 minutes), or use any of these shortcuts:

Type 1 through 99 for that many minutes (for example, 69 become 1 hour and 9 minutes).

Type 100 through 2359 for that many hours and minutes: TimeTo™ assumes the colon (or period or comma), so 145 become 1 hour and 45 minutes (and NOT 2 hours and 25 minutes). Since TimeTo™ recalculates if you put more than 60 minutes in an hour, if you type 199, TimeTo™ interprets that as 1 hour and 99 minutes, immediately restating it as 2 hours and 39 minutes or 2:39.

You can also leave out trailing zeroes. For example:

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