A Date Picker control is used to accept dates into a microapp by selecting a date from a calendar widget. You can set User Device's date as a default date or can keep the Date picker empty when the date control is displayed to the user. Date picker saves the Date in the Unix epoch time format. For example, it can be used for various purposes like setting due dates for tasks or Start and End dates for an event.
- Label: Label is the text that is displayed above the Date Picker and helps the user to understand what they are supposed to do with the date picker.
- Properties: These properties help you customize the Label by changing the text size, weight( Light, Normal, Bold, Extra Bold, X Extra Bold), alignment (Left, Center, Right, Justified) and color of the label.
- Type: The Type field is automatically generated depending upon the type of control used. In this case, it is a “datepicker” type.
- Unique Name: A Unique Name is used to uniquely identify a control in your App. Every control that is added on the screen gets an auto-generated Unique Name based on the Label name given to the control.
- Submit Data: This field lets you determine whether to send the value of the control or not in the Workflow based on various control states. There are three conditions that could be set for this field.
- Always: If this condition is selected, the data in the Date Picker will be submitted irrespective of the state of the Date Picker.
- Never: If this condition is selected, the data in the Date Picker will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the Date Picker.
- No When Hidden: If this condition is selected, the data in the Date Picker will be submitted if the Date Picker is visible and not submitted when the Date Picker is hidden.
- Required: When you select the required option, the field becomes a mandatory field and the user can not submit the form without updating the field.
- Read Only: If you select this option, the user will no longer be able to edit the field.
- Hidden: The hidden option helps you to hide the field from the user. This might help to perform the actions that you do not want the user to see. It can also be show certain fields only when a specific condition is met/not met.
- Caching: When the caching option is selected and if a LOOKUP formula is applied to this control, the value that the LOOKUP returns will be cached and the user will be able to see this value in the Date Picker even when he accesses the microapp later with no connectivity. This option is required when you want your app to be accessible in offline mode as well and getting the latest data from the sheets always is not critical.
- Hide Label: This option hides the label of the Date Picker from the view.
- Theme: This lets you choose the color of the Container box. You can either enter a custom hex code value or use one from the available themes in the builder.
- Datepicker Theme: This lets you set the color of the Datepicker widget.
- Placeholder: This gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done. It is present in the field and is overridden when the user selects a date.
- Date format: This lets you choose the format you want the date to be selected in. There are 3 formats available:
- Friendly format - Month DD YYYY
- European format - DD/MM/YYYY
- US format - MM/DD/YYYY
- Disable Days: This option lets you disable days that you do not want to let the user select the date.
How to Use a Date Picker?
Start with selecting the Date Picker from the Date & Time section of the Controls Menu.
The Date Picker will then appear on the screen in the builder, you can then set all the above properties as per your requirements.
You can use the F option to bind data to the Date Picker and the V option to add validations to the field. You can learn more about validations here. There are four ways in which you can bind data to the Date Picker.
- Static Data: This allows you to directly type in the text that you want to display.
- Sheet: This allows you to get data from a sheet and display it in the Date Picker.
- Control: This allows you to bind data to the Date Picker by using another control’s value present in the microapp.
- Formula: This can be used to apply formulas and store the output of those formulas in the Date Picker. You can learn more about formulas here.