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Date

Displays the current system date setting. Used without parameters, date displays the current system date setting and prompts you to type a new date.

Syntax

date [mm-dd-yy] [/t]

Parameters

mm - dd - yy   : Sets the date specified where mm is month, dd is day, and yy is year.

/t   : Displays the current date without prompting you for a new date.

/?   : Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • You must separate values for mm, dd, and yy with periods (.), hyphens (-), or slash marks (/).

  • Valid mm values are 1 through 12.

  • Valid dd values are 1 through 31.

  • Valid yy values are 80 through 99, or 1980 through 2099.

  • Windows XP changes the month and year automatically, whether the month has 28, 29, 30, or 31 days.

Examples

To change the date to August 3, 2000, type any of the following:

08.03.00

08-03-00

08/03/00

To display the current system date, type:

date /t

Formatting legend

Format

Meaning

Italic

Information that the user must supply

Bold

Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

Courier font

Code or program output

Time

Command-line reference A-Z

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