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date format on entity forms

Hi All

I'm having difficulty on dealing with the date format on forms.

I have changed the current format to English (New Zealand)  to show dates as dd/mm/yyyy both on Settings/Personal Options on the Portal Management and on Settings/Administration/System Settings, but the form that I have in a page of the portal (to be used by an invited contact) still shows dates in mm/dd/yyyy. 

Do I need to recreate the entity or the form for the new format to take effect? or is there somewhere else I need to change the setting?

Any help is much appreciated.





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This documentation explains how the datetime field behaves on portal and how you can make date field appear in the format you want

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Hi @werner1 ,


In Form control, you can set below formula on the control to show the date format in dd/mm/yyyy format:



And the format goes with the locale setting of your computer. For more information, please refer to:





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Hi Mona
I guess that's for a canvas-app. I can't see anywhere I can change the control format when using an entity form. I have created a new CDS entity,  the testDate field is of type Date only. I have created a custom form for that entity and used that form on a page from the portal. Picture on the left shows part of the form definition and on the right the page displaying on browser.   


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This documentation explains how the datetime field behaves on portal and how you can make date field appear in the format you want

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Although I have read that article several times, it was not clear to me that i needed to add a site setting DateTime/DateFormat, even if there is another place to set date format (system settings for Dynamics 365).

Thanks for helping solve the problem.

Np @werner1 , would you mind marking the thread as answered

Great post.


Any idea of what the syntax of the site setting actually is?


Cheers, Richard

For anyone who finds this in the future, this worked for me:

1. yyyy-MM-dd – 2020-05-16

2. MMM dd yy – May 13 20

3. dd/MM/yyyy – 27/05/2020

4. dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm – 14/05/2020 12:27

5. dd/MM/yyyy hh:mm:ss – 12/05/2020 12:30:52 – 12 Hour format

6. dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss – 27/05/2020 19:32:02 -24 Hour format


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