DateString Property

Returns or sets a String value representing the current date according to your system.

Public Property DateString As String


Exception type

Error number




Invalid format used to set value of DateString.

See the "Error number" column if you are upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 applications that use unstructured error handling. (You can compare the error number against the Number Property (Err Object).) However, when possible, you should consider replacing such error control with Structured Exception Handling Overview for Visual Basic.


DateString returns the system date in the MM-dd-yyyy format, which uses the abbreviated month name. The accepted formats for the date are M-d-yyyy, M-d-y, M/d/yyyy, and M/d/y. This is true for all system locales except those that use a double-byte character set (DBCS). If the system locale uses a double-byte character set, DateString returns the system date in the yyyy-MM-dd format. The system locale is set by using the Clock, Language, and Region item in Control Panel.


The DateString property returns the system date only in the yyyy-MM-dd format for the zh (Chinese simplified), ko (Korean), and ja (Japanese) system locales if you are running Visual Basic within Silverlight.

To get or set the current system time as a String, use the TimeString Property.

To get the current system date or time in the format of your locale, or in a custom format, supply the Now Property to the Format Function, specifying either Predefined Date/Time Formats (Format Function) or User-Defined Date/Time Formats (Format Function). The following example demonstrates this.

MsgBox("The formatted date is " & Format(Now, "dddd, d MMM yyyy"))

To access the current system date as a Date, use the Today Property.

Security noteSecurity Note:

Setting the system date or time requires unmanaged code permission, which might affect its execution in partial-trust situations. For more information, see SecurityPermission and Code Access Permissions.


The following example uses the DateString property to display the current system date.

MsgBox("The current date is " & DateString)


Namespace: Microsoft.VisualBasic

Module: DateAndTime

Assembly: Visual Basic Runtime Library (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

Because DateString is a member of a module, rather than of a class, you do not need to create an object on which to access DateString.

Smart Device Developer Notes

You can get, but not set, the system date using the DateString property.

See Also


Now Property

TimeString Property

Today Property

Date Data Type (Visual Basic)