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New to libreoffice Base. I've found how to set the default value in a table to the current date. Now I need to have the current date show up in the corresponding field in a form. I have tried inserting into "default value" TODAY() and CURRENT_DATE. They both give me Nov. 18, 1899 for some reason. And ideas how to do this?

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This macro writes the date of today to the Date Field myDateField:

Sub writeDate
    Dim today As New com.sun.star.util.Date
    today.Month = Month( Now )
    today.Day = Day( Now )
    today.Year = Year( Now )
    form = ThisComponent.DrawPage.Forms(0)  ' first form
    form.myDateField.BoundField.UpdateDate( today )
End Sub

To assign the action: Form Navigator > myForm > Form Properties > Events > e.g. When loading

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Use the following macro code. Here, the table's column (not the control name) is called "MyDate".

Sub DefaultDateInForm (oEvent As Object)
    oForm = oEvent.Source
    lDateCol = oForm.findColumn("MyDate")
    If oForm.getString(lDateCol) = "" Then
        dateStamp = Format(Now, "YYYY-MM-DD")
        oForm.updateString(lDateCol, dateStamp)
    End If
End Sub

Edit the form, and in form properties, assign the macro to the "after record change" event.

form properties

Now, whenever a record's date is empty, such as when a new record is started, the date field should default to the current date.

There are several discussions about this topic on the openoffice forum:

  • Thanks, but not much progress. Now I'm getting 25 Dec 1899. Hey, at least it's Christmas! Will check out your links. – bob.sacamento Feb 2 '17 at 16:13
  • Perhaps there is something different about your system's date settings, or the control? It worked on my machine. Try changing "YYYY-MM-DD" to a different format -- does it literally say "Dec. 25, 1899" in the date control? Mine shows the format "02/01/17". To find the problem, it may help to MsgBox(dateStamp) and MsgBox(oForm.getString(lDateCol)). – Jim K Feb 2 '17 at 16:34
  • Well, no matter how I format it, it is that date. Well, as I try a few different things, it changes. Actually got 1 Jan 0002 once and a few other weird ones. I'm new at this. Don't know what you mean by MsgBox(). But thanks! – bob.sacamento Feb 2 '17 at 17:13
  • uh-oh. Now I'm getting an error box, "Error inserting the new record / java.lang.IllegalArgumentException" – bob.sacamento Feb 2 '17 at 17:17
  • For example, add MsgBox(dateStamp) on the next line after dateStamp = Format(Now, "YYYY-MM-DD"). The error may indicate that the format isn't right yet. – Jim K Feb 2 '17 at 18:30

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