How to: Display Time with the DateTimePicker Control

If you want your application to enable users to select a date and time, and to display that date and time in the specified format, use the DateTimePicker control. The following procedure shows how to use the DateTimePicker control to display the time.

To display the time with the DateTimePicker control

  1. Set the Format property to Time

    timePicker.Format = DateTimePickerFormat.Time;
    timePicker.Format = DateTimePickerFormat.Time
  2. Set the ShowUpDown property for the DateTimePicker to true.

    timePicker.ShowUpDown = true;
    timePicker.ShowUpDown = True


The following code sample shows how to create a DateTimePicker that enables users to choose a time only.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace TimePickerApplication
    public class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
        private DateTimePicker timePicker;

        private void InitializeTimePicker()
            timePicker = new DateTimePicker();
            timePicker.Format = DateTimePickerFormat.Time;
            timePicker.ShowUpDown = true;
            timePicker.Location = new Point(10, 10);
            timePicker.Width = 100;
        static void Main()
            Application.Run(new Form1());
Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class Form1
    Inherits Form

    Public Sub New()

    End Sub
    Private timePicker As DateTimePicker

    Private Sub InitializeTimePicker()
        timePicker = New DateTimePicker()
        timePicker.Format = DateTimePickerFormat.Time
        timePicker.ShowUpDown = True
        timePicker.Location = New Point(10, 10)
        timePicker.Width = 100

    End Sub

    <STAThread()> _
    Shared Sub Main()
        Application.Run(New Form1())

    End Sub
End Class

Compiling the Code

This example requires:

  • References to the System, System.Data, System.Drawing and System.Windows.Forms assemblies.

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