There are many different ways you can enter dates and times when creating an appointment. Following are some specific notes about the words and phrases you can use.
- You can specify dates using either numbers or words to represent the month, day, and year (12/5/11, November 21, Feb. twenty-third, Aug 2nd, 6/29 are all valid entries).
- You can use uppercase or lowercase letters; date interpretations are not case-sensitive.
- You can specify periods of time, and you can use either numbers or letters (in 2 weeks, in four months).
- If you don't include a year, TuskTools Calendar assigns a year that puts the date in the future.
- You can specify a time-of-day along with a date, or a time by itself. If you enter a time without a date, TuskTools Calendar automatically assigns today's date.
- If you're entering a date and time(s), the date must precede the times.
- Date/time recognition is based on your computer's current settings, as defined in the Control Panel's "Regional Settings" applet. However, at present only English words are recognized as day-of-week and month names.
- You can enter times using either a 12-hour or 24-hour clock.
- You can specify multi-day events. To do this, type two separate date strings in your note body. For example, to create a multi-day event spanning Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, you can type ##11/12/2011## ##11/14/2011##
- If you enter 12-hour times without specifying AM or PM, TuskTools Calendar does its best to intelligently interpret your entry. For example, if you enter ##10/3/11 from 10 to 12:00 pm##, the program will interpret "10" as 10:00 am and will set the appointment as lasting from 10 am to noon.
- If you're specifying both a starting and ending time, for best results put a space between the two times. I.e.:
|| Don't do this
|8:00 - 9:30 am
|| Do this
- All date phrases are relative to today's date. This means that TuskTools Calendar does not currently recognize a phrase like "2 weeks from next Tuesday".
Here are some additional guidelines and examples for entering dates:
|Acceptable date phrase
|1 through 31
||Nov. 12, December 3, 23 Aug
|1st through 31st
|first through thirty-first
||twenty-fourth of Feb
||(current system date)
||(day after current system date)
||(day before current system date)
|in n days, weeks, months
||in 4 days, in five months
||19th of July
||next month, last May 26th
|days of the week
||last Wed, in 3 Mondays
Here are some additional guidelines and examples for entering times:
|Acceptable time phrase
||8 AM, 8AM, 8 A, 8 A.M., 8 am, 8am, 8a, 8 a.m., 8:00am, 8:00 a, 8:00 a.m.
||07:00, 09:30, 18:30