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7.7.7 Date Formats

The d d (calc-date-notation) command controls the display of date forms (see section 5.9 Date Forms). It prompts for a string which contains letters that represent the various parts of a date and time. To show which parts should be omitted when the form represents a pure date with no time, parts of the string can be enclosed in `< >' marks. If you don't include `< >' markers in the format, Calc guesses at which parts, if any, should be omitted when formatting pure dates.

The default format is: `<H:mm:SSpp >Www Mmm D, YYYY'. An example string in this format is `3:32pm Wed Jan 9, 1991'. If you enter a blank format string, this default format is reestablished.

Calc uses `< >' notation for nameless functions as well as for dates. See section 10.8.1 Specifying Operators. To avoid confusion with nameless functions, your date formats should avoid using the `#' character. Date Formatting Codes Free-Form Dates Standard Date Formats  

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