Date Picker control

A date time control to capture dates

A Date Picker control is used to accept dates into a microapp by selecting a date from a calendar widget. You can set User Device’s date as a default date or can keep the Date picker empty when the date control is displayed to the user. Date picker saves the Date in the Unix epoch time format. For example, it can be used for various purposes like setting due dates for tasks or Start and End dates for an event.

date picker control

Properties

UI Properties

  • Label : Label is the text that is displayed above the Date Picker and helps the user to understand what they are supposed to do with the date picker.

  • Properties : These properties help you customize the Label by changing the text size, weight ( Light, Normal, Bold, Extra Bold, X Extra Bold), alignment (Left, Center, Right, Justified) and color of the label.

  • Type : The Type field is automatically generated depending upon the type of control used. In this case, it is a “datepicker” type.

  • Unique Name : A Unique Name is used to uniquely identify a control in your App. Every control that is added on the screen gets an auto-generated Unique Name based on the Label name given to the control.

  • Tooltip: This allows you to add the Tooltip text that would provide a hint to the user for providing input. The Tooltip icon would be visible if you switch on the Show tooltip icon toggle property available below.

  • Description: Is the description that you can add for your controls. The Description would only be visible if you switch on the Show Description toggle property available below.

  • Submit Data : This field lets you determine whether to send the value of the control or not in the Workflow based on various control states. There are three conditions that could be set for this field.

    1. Always : If this condition is selected, the data in the Date Picker will be submitted irrespective of the state of the Date Picker.

    2. Never : If this condition is selected, the data in the Date Picker will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the Date Picker.

    3. No When Hidden : If this condition is selected, the data in the Date Picker will be submitted if the Date Picker is visible and not submitted when the Date Picker is hidden .

  • Required : When you select the required option, the field becomes a mandatory field and the user can not submit the form without updating the field.

  • Read Only : If you select this option, the user will no longer be able to edit the field.

  • Show Tooltip Icon: This allows you to toggle switch ON or OFF to show or hide the tooltip icon where the tooltip text would appear.

  • Show Description: This allows you to toggle switch ON or OFF to show or hide the Description text.

  • Hidden : The hidden option helps you to hide the field from the user. This might help to perform the actions that you do not want the user to see. It can also be show certain fields only when a specific condition is met/not met.

  • Caching : When the caching option is selected and if a LOOKUP formula is applied to this control, the value that the LOOKUP returns will be cached and the user will be able to see this value in the Date Picker even when he accesses the microapp later with no connectivity. This option is required when you want your app to be accessible in offline mode as well and getting the latest data from the sheets always is not critical.

  • Hide Label : This option hides the label of the Date Picker from the view.

  • Trigger dependents: When you Disable Trigger Dependents, it helps you to reduce or optimize the unnecessary evaluation of the dependent control’s formula. For a detailed explanation refer to this article here .
    By default Trigger dependents is enabled. However, in complex apps by switching it off, you would limit the evaluation in the dependent control and in turn ensure quicker response times.

Properties

datepicker properties

  • Theme : This lets you choose the color of the Container box. You can either enter a custom hex code value or use one from the available themes in the builder.

  • Datepicker Theme : This lets you set the color of the Datepicker widget.

  • Placeholder : This gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done. It is present in the field and is overridden when the user selects a date.

  • Date format : This lets you choose the format you want the date to be selected in. There are 3 formats available:

    1. Friendly format - Month DD YYYY
    2. European format - DD/MM/YYYY
    3. US format - MM/DD/YYYY
  • Disable Days : This option lets you disable days that you do not want to let the user select the date.

How to Use a Date Picker?

Start with selecting the Date Picker from the Date & Time section of the Controls Menu.

The Date Picker will then appear on the screen in the builder, you can then set all the above properties as per your requirements.

You can use the Data option to bind data to the Date Picker.

There are different ways in which you can bind data to the Date Picker.

Bind Data

  1. Static Data: This is the data that does not change over the period of time. Such data is used to assign default values in fields in your application. The static data can be based on the data type i.e. Numeric, Text, and List type data.

  2. Sheets : This allows you to fetch data from a sheet and display it in the fields. Select your sheet from the list and then select the columns to be used. You can also add filters and sort data.

  3. Controls: This allows you to get data from one of the App controls.

  4. Variables: This assigns the value of the variables defined in the app.

  5. LoggedIn User: You can display the properties related to the LoggedIn User like username, usermail, Admin, status, and so on. You can select a single property only . Select column and click Save .

  6. API: This allows you to add an API and select the values returned by the respective API. You can select multiple keys to display values.

  7. Custom Formula: This can be used to apply formulas and store the output of those formulas. You can learn more about formulas here.

Preview

Date picker with today’s date

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Calendar widget to select date