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

Structure of WPF DateTimeEdit with Clock

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


Add Syncfusion.SfSkinManager.WPF and Syncfusion.Themes.Office2016Colorful.WPF assemblies to get the above DateTimeEdit UI. You can find more details regarding the list of available built-in themes and the assemblies needs to be referred in the following SfSkinManager documentation.

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" Pattern="LongDate"/>
//Setting date
dateTimeEdit.DateTime = new DateTime(2010, 07, 05);

Setting date in WPF DateTimeEdit


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Date time value changed

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");     

Date time format

You can define the format to display the date value in the DateTimeEdit using its DateTimeFormat property.

<Window xmlns=""
        Title="MainWindow" Height="323" Width="384">
        <syncfusion:DateTimeEdit x:Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200" DateTime="07/15/2010" Pattern="ShortDate">
                <global:DateTimeFormatInfo ShortDatePattern="MM/dd/yy hh:mm:ss"/>
Syncfusion.Windows.Shared.DateTimeEdit dateTimeEdit = new Syncfusion.Windows.Shared.DateTimeEdit();
dateTimeEdit.Width = 200;
dateTimeEdit.Height = 25;
dateTimeEdit.DateTime = new DateTime(2010, 07, 05);
dateTimeEdit.Pattern = DateTimePattern.ShortDate;
dateTimeEdit.DateTimeFormat = new DateTimeFormatInfo()
	ShortDatePattern = "MM/dd/yy hh:mm:ss"

Setting date time format in WPF DateTimeEdit

Date time 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

Editing date time

The date-time value in the DateTimeEdit can be edited by two ways as follows.

  • Default Editing
  • Mask Editing

Editing modes can be changed using the CanEdit property of DateTimeEdit. The following code example demonstrates how to type and select date values in the empty DateTimeEdit text box by setting the CanEdit property as true.

<syncfusion:DateTimeEdit Name="dateTimeEdit" Pattern="ShortDate" Height="25" Width="200" IsEmptyDateEnabled="True" CanEdit="True">
//Setting predefined ShortDate pattern
dateTimeEdit.CanEdit = true;

Different types of editing mode in WPF DateTimeEdit

Restrict date range

You can define the start and end dates by setting the MinDateTime and MaxDateTime properties of the DateTimeEdit.

<!--Setting date range -->
<syncfusion:DateTimeEdit x:Name="dateTimeEdit" Height="25" Width="200" DateTime="07/05/2010" MinDateTime="07/01/2010" MaxDateTime="07/28/2010" Pattern="LongDate"/>
//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

You can set watermark to the content using the NoneDateText property of DateTimeEdit when its value is null.

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

WPF DateTimeEdit watermark text