Changing Date Formats

NetPoint will display dates according to whichever format has been set for the “short date” in Windows. As a result, a schedule created on a computer in, for example, the U.S., will automatically be updated when opened on a computer in the U.K. and vice versa, assuming each user’s computer has been configured to their country.

Dates will be updated for objects on the canvas, in the calendar strips at the top, at the cursor, and in all lists and date controls. In addition, the names of days and months will also be updated to the correct language at the cursor and in the calendar strips. However, no matter what format is chosen, the year will never be displayed for an object’s start and finish dates on the canvas. To change the format of dates that you’re seeing, you must change the format of the “short date” chosen for Windows.

NOTE: Displaying days and months with letters can only be done for latin-based languages. If a non-latin based language is chosen (e.g. Armenian (Armenia)), and the short date includes months with letters (i.e. more than two ‘M’s’), question marks will appear for an object start and finish dates on the canvas. Question marks will also appear for the names of months in the calendar strip and days at the cursor.


  1. Open the Windows Control Panel. Depending on your version of Windows, this can be done by clicking the Start button and selecting Control Panel, or by typing “control panel” in the search bar in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click Region. The Region window will open.
  3. First choose the desired language/country under the Format dropdown.
  4. Next, choose the desired format next to Short date.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click with the mouse on the NetPoint canvas to confirm the changes.
  7. When finished, click OK.
  8. Click the Close icon to close the control panel.