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How to Handle BCE Dates
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How to Handle BCE Dates in the Distant Past (BCE/CE or BC/AD)

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In this video I'll show you how to store and display dates that fall outside of the range of a Microsoft Access Date Field. This is necessary for dates BC/BCE, for dates very far in the past (the Founding of Rome, the dinosaur extinction, etc.) or the future. Great for historical events, anthropology, astronomy, etc.

Dagbjart from Denmark (a Silver Member) asks: how can I store dates BC or BCE (Before the Common Era) in Access?


I'll show you how to create a data entry form which will allow users who are used to typing in "10/31/2021" to still enter dates that way and have them converted to your new fields. Plus we'll display the new date type either 31 AUG 443 BCE or 8/31/443 BCE. 

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