Getting Started with WPF DateTimePicker (DateTimeEdit)

This section explains how to create a WPF DateTimeEdit and explains about its structure.

Structure of DateTimeEdit

The various elements of DateTimeEdit are illustrated in the following screenshot.

Structure of WPF DateTimeEdit with Calendar

Assembly deployment

Refer to the Control Dependencies section to get the list of assemblies or NuGet package that needs to be added as a reference to use the control in any application.

Refer to this documentation to find more details about installing nuget packages in a WPF application.

Adding WPF DateTimeEdit via designer

1) The DateTimeEdit can be added to an application by dragging it from the toolbox to a designer view. The following dependent assemblies will be added automatically:

  • Syncfusion.Shared.WPF

Drag and drop WPF DateTimeEdit from toolbox

2) Set the properties for DateTimeEdit in design mode using the SmartTag feature.

Adding WPF DateTimeEdit via XAML

To add the DateTimeEdit manually in XAML, follow these steps:

1) Create a new WPF project in Visual Studio.

2) Add the following required assembly references to the project:

  • Syncfusion.Shared.WPF

3) Import Syncfusion WPF schema, and declare the DateTimeEdit in XAML page.

<Window x:Class="DateTimeEdit_sample.MainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="450" Width="800">

<Grid Name="grid">
    <syncfusion:DateTimeEdit Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200"/>


Adding WPF DateTimeEdit via C#

To add the DateTimeEdit manually in C#, follow these steps:

1) Create a new WPF application via Visual Studio.

2) Add the following required assembly references to the project:

  • Syncfusion.Shared.WPF

3) Include the required namespace.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Shared;

4) Create an instance of DateTimeEdit, and add it to the window.

// Creating an instance of the DateTimeEdit
Syncfusion.Windows.Shared.DateTimeEdit dateTimeEdit = new Syncfusion.Windows.Shared.DateTimeEdit();

// Setting height and width to DateTimeEdit
dateTimeEdit.Height = 25;
dateTimeEdit.Width = 200;

// Adding control into the main window

overview of WPF DateTimeEdit

Setting date time value

You can set the date using the DateTime property of DateTimeEdit.

<!--Setting date -->
<syncfusion:DateTimeEdit x:Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200" DateTime="07/05/2010"/>
//Setting date
dateTimeEdit.DateTime = new DateTime(2010, 07, 05);

Setting date in WPF DateTimeEdit


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Value changed notification

The DateTimeEdit notifies that the value is changed through the DateTimeChanged event. You can use the OldValue and NewValue properties to get the old and new date time value in the DateTimeChanged event.

dateTimeEdit.DateTimeChanged += DateTimeEdit_DateTimeChanged;

private void DateTimeEdit_DateTimeChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
    Console.WriteLine("DateTimeChanged event is fired");     

Applying built-in pattern

You can change the date-time pattern using the Pattern property of the DateTimeEdit. The DateTimeEdit control supports the following DateTime format:

  • LongDate
  • LongTime
  • ShortDate
  • ShortTime
  • FullDateTime
  • MonthDay
  • CustomPattern
  • ShortableDateTime
  • UniversalShortableDateTime
  • RFC1123
  • YearMonth
<!--Setting ShortDate Pattern-->
<syncfusion:DateTimeEdit x:Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200" 
                         DateTime="07/15/2010" Pattern="ShortDate"/>
//Setting predefined ShortDate pattern
dateTimeEdit.Pattern = DateTimePattern.ShortDate;

Setting date time pattern in WPF DateTimeEdit

Applying custom pattern

You can also set the custom pattern for displaying the date in the DateTimeEdit control by using the CustomPattern property.

<Grid x:Name="grid">
    <syncfusion:DateTimeEdit x:Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200" 
                             DateTime="07/15/2010" Pattern="CustomPattern" 
                             CustomPattern="MM**dd**yy hh:mm:ss"/>
Syncfusion.Windows.Shared.DateTimeEdit dateTimeEdit = new Syncfusion.Windows.Shared.DateTimeEdit();

public MainWindow()
    dateTimeEdit.Width = 200;
    dateTimeEdit.Height = 25;
    dateTimeEdit.DateTime = new DateTime(2019, 07, 15);
    dateTimeEdit.Pattern = DateTimePattern.CustomPattern;

    //Setting Custom Pattern
    dateTimeEdit.CustomPattern = "MM**dd**yy hh:mm:ss";

Setting custom pattern in WPF DateTimeEdit


CustomPattern support can be enabled by setting the Pattern property to the DateTimePattern.CustomPattern.

Editing date time

The DateTimeEdit control provides support for editing DateTime using text box. It supports both free flow editing and mask based editing. Editing modes can be changed using the CanEdit property of DateTimeEdit. The following code example demonstrates free flow editing in the DateTimeEdit by setting the CanEdit property as true.

<syncfusion:DateTimeEdit Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200" 
                         DateTime="07/15/2010" CanEdit="True"/>
// Enabling editing mode in DateTimeEdit by setting CanEdit property as true.
dateTimeEdit.CanEdit = true;

Different types of editing mode in WPF DateTimeEdit

Restrict date range

Prevents users from selecting a date and time in a particular range by specifying minimum and maximum dates in DateTimeEdit control.

<!--Setting date range -->
<syncfusion:DateTimeEdit x:Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200" 
                         DateTime="07/05/2010" MinDateTime="07/01/2010" 
//Setting date range
dateTimeEdit.MinDateTime = new DateTime(2010, 07, 01);
dateTimeEdit.MaxDateTime = new DateTime(2010, 07, 28);

WPF DateTimeEdit date range

Watermark for null value

The DateTimeEdit control provides support to display a hint information using watermark text when the selected date is null. In addition, it also provides support to define null DateTime value. You can customize the watermark text using the NoneDateText property of DateTimeEdit.

<syncfusion:DateTimeEdit x:Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200"
                         NoneDateText="No date is selected" NullValue="{x:Null}"
                         IsEmptyDateEnabled="True" CanEdit="True"/>
dateTimeEdit.NullValue = null;
dateTimeEdit.IsEmptyDateEnabled = true;
dateTimeEdit.NoneDateText = "No date is selected";

WPF DateTimeEdit watermark text


The NullValue support in the DateTimeEdit control can be enabled only when setting the IsEmptyDateEnabled property to true.