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How to Handle BCE Dates
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   12 months ago

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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William Dowler 
12 months ago
Doesn't open from your link.  just get instructions on how to join!!!
Richard Rost
12 months ago
Found a bug. Working on it. In the mean time you can watch on YouTube still.
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