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Using the Popup Calendar to Enter Dates
In various transaction date fields, for instance in the special purpose data entry windows, register windows and journal entry windows, there is a calendar button to the right of the date field. Clicking that button brings up a calendar control.
You can use that calendar to enter a date. Alternatively, you can type the date right into the field, then (if you wish) pop up the calendar just to check that it is the date you intended. For instance, if you have entered a date "05/06/2012", you might be unsure whether that was May 6, or June 5. Popping up the calendar would make that clear. Click on the down arrow again to make the calendar go away.
If you prefer to use the mouse to select dates and navigate in the calendar, just click on a desired date in the calendar and it will be put back into the Date field. The calendar will also close at that point. If you aren't in the right month, click on the arrow images to the left and right of the month and year at the top of the calendar to move to the previous or next month, respectively.
You can also use the keyboard to change the date: PgUp moves to the previous month; PgDn moves to the next month. The up and down arrow keys move to the previous or next week respectively. The left arrow key moves to the previous day, and the right arrow key moves to the next day. Pressing Enter on your desired date selects that date, just like clicking on it.
Pressing ESC closes the calendar without selecting a date. You can also close the calendar without making a selection by clicking the same popup button again, or clicking back in the date field, or in most other places on the same window.
Note: Most users who are touch typists will actually find that it is faster to just type dates into the Date fields, and never use the popup calendar. But many users do like to use a calendar, to be sure they are entering the correct date. There are also many helpful keyboard shortcuts in the Date field itself.