Please note, there is a newer version of DatePad available. Please go to the datepad page of this website to find the latest version of DatePad.
copyright 2001 – 2007 by Adrie Berg
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DatePad combines the power of a calendar with the ease of a text editor. DatePad can be used in a large number of ways. It’s main function is to store text which is specific to a certain date. You can also store text specific for certain times. It is the perfect way to keep track of whatever you are interested in of your own history.
Use DatePad to keep a diary, use it to manage a project, write down your thoughts, keep a record of your dreams.. and for sure there are a lot more possibilities.
On this website it is also possible to read more about DatePad news and events.
The help file is divided into a few sections to make it easier to navigate to the help section your need.
To install DatePad 2.1 first download the zipfile containing the installation package. Unzip this file and run the ‘
setup.exe‘ file. During the installation there might be some warnings, normally these warning can be ignored and the program will work.
DatePad is freeware. DatePad comes with absolutely no warranty. Use at your own risk. If you encounter any problems with this software please inform me about them, and I’ll try to come up with a solution.
DatePad has been tested and will run on the following Windows versions:
DatePad may also work on other versions of the Windows operating system but this is not guaranteed.
During the installation of DatePad some addition software is also installed. These include MSXML, used for the internal storage of DatePad documents, a calendar control and a rich text control. The effects of these parts of the program on your computer should be zero, but this is not guaranteed.
The author only allows distribution of DatePad on any media after permission. Send an email to email@example.com to ask for permission. Include in the email the distribution type (Magazine, Shareware CD, etc.) and a description of the references made to DatePad (article, product comparison, etc.).
The main screen is divided into three parts. By default there is a treeview on the left side of the screen and an area to enter text on the larger right part of the screen. Texts you type are related to the date selected in the treeview. Using the F1 and F2 keys it is easy to navigate to earlier (F1) or later (F2) dates.
This part of the screen is where you type your text. Text typed here are related to the date currently selected which is displayed in the statusbar and in the treeview. You can access a few functions by right clicking in this area. The right click options are:
||Removes all formatting like color, font types, alignment, style and reverts all text to the default formatting as specified in the editing settings.|
||Inserts a variable. The available variables are:
||Imports a text file into your DatePad document.|
||Change the font of your selection.|
||Change the font size of your selection.|
||Change the alignment of the currently selected line.|
||Change the style of your selection.|
||Change the color of your selection.|
The treeview is used to show a schematic view of your document. It shows years, months, days and times, and provides a simple way to navigate to the various parts of your document. Simply click in the treeview on an entry to navigate to the text belonging to this entry.
Right clicking on an entry in the treeview shows the following options:
|Previous||Navigate to the previous entry in the currently active DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is F1.|
||Navigate to the next entry in the currently active DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is F2.|
||Deletes the currently selected item in the treeview including all items nested inside the selected item. Be careful with this option because it cannot be undone. Deleting a year entry will also delete all months, days and times inside. The shortcut key for this option is Delete.|
||This option scans your entire document and deletes all entries that do not have and sub-entries and which do not have any text. No text will be deleted, only entries in the document like times without text or dates without underlying times and without text.|
Starts a new document. The default entry will be an entry for the current day. If the displayed date is incorrect check the date you computer is set to. The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-N.
Opens an existing DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-O.
Shows a list of recently opened DatePad documents to easily reopen these documents.
Closed the current active DatePad document. A warning will appear when a document is closed which contains unsaved changes. The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-Q.
Saves the current active DatePad document. Files are by default saved in the DatePad format (*.dp2). The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-S.
Saves the current active DatePad document using a different name, or using a different file format. Documents can be saved as text, rich text, html or xml. Rich text is a file format that can be read by many other programs, and it is the perfect file format if you wish to enhance your document for printing or if you wish to stop using DatePad.
Save Page As...
Saves only the current page of the current active DatePad document.
Set As Default
Sets the current active DatePad document to be the default. This means this document will be opened automatically in the future when DatePad is started.
Prints the current active document.
Prints the current page of the current active document. The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-P.
Configures the printer
Shows the settings screen.
Exits DatePad. The shortcut key for this option is Alt-F4.
Undo your last change.
Undo All Changes
Undo all changes made since your last save.
Delete Selected Entry...
Delete the entry that is selected in the treeview, including ALL entries on a deeper level. Be careful with this option! If you delete a month entry, all underlying day entries will also be deleted.
Delete Empty Entries...
Scans the entire current active document and removes all entries that contain no text.
Insert New Entry
Inserts a new part in your DatePad document. This can be the current day, the current time, or any selected date or time.
Use F11 to directly insert a new entry for the current day, or if this entry already exists F11 will navigate to this entry.
Use F12 to directly insert a new entry for the current time, or if this entry already exists F12 will navigate to this entry.
Insert a piece of text at the place of the cursor stating the computer date, time or entry date or time.
Insert Text From File...
Import a text file, and place the text at the place of the cursor.
Removes all formatting from the current selected entry in the current selected document. Only the current page is modified.
Change the font of your selection.
Change the font size of your selection.
Change the alignment of the currently selected line.
Change the style of your selection.
Change the color of your selection.
Find any literal text in the currently active DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-F.
Find the next occurance of a previously found term. If there was no previously entered term this option will show the normal search screen. The shortcut key for this option is F3.
Navigate to the previous entry in the currently active DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is F1.
Navigate to the next entry in the currently active DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is F2.
Show the calendar. Select a date in the calendar to add an entry for this date in your currently active DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-D. To cancel the calendar screen press Esc.
Show the clock. Select a time to add an entry for this time in the currently active DatePad document. The shortcut key for this option is Ctrl-T. To cancel the clock screen press Esc.
Defines if you want to see the toolbar or not. This setting is automatically saved when you close DatePad.
Defines if you want to see the statusbar or not. This setting is automatically saved when you close DatePad.
Defines if you want to see the treeview or not. This setting is automatically saved when you close DatePad. The shortcut key for this option is F4.
Show Docked Calendar
Defines if you want to see the docked calendar or not. This setting is automatically saved when you close DatePad. The shortcut key for this option is F5.
Organize the opened DatePad documents horizontally.
Organize the opened DatePad documents vertically.
Organize the opened DatePad documents cascaded.
Organise the opened DatePad documents which are minimized within DatePad. -list of active documents- Change the currently active document to one selected in this list of active documents. There can be up to 5 documents listed here. If available the shortcut keys for this option are Shift-F1, Shift-F2, Shift-F3, Shift-F4 and Shift-F5.
Displays this help document. More help can be found online at ajebe.com.
Shows DatePad version information.
|Navigate to the previous entry in the currently active DatePad document.|
|Navigate to the next entry in the currently active DatePad document.|
|Starts a new document. The default entry will be an entry for the current day. If the displayed date is incorrect check the date you computer is set to.|
|Opens an existing DatePad document.|
|Saves the current active DatePad document.|
|Prints the current active document.|
|Show the calendar. Select a date in the calendar to add an entry for this date in your currently active DatePad document.|
|Show the clock. Select a time to add an entry for this time in the currently active DatePad document.|
|Find any literal text in the currently active DatePad document.|
|Shows DatePad version information.|
The status bar shows the date of the entry you are currently working in. Double clicking the displayed date will show the calendar window.
The settings are used to configure DatePad.
Default behaviour of DatePad includes the main screen size and coordinates which are saved when you close DatePad. Also the status of the treeview and the docked calendar is remembered automatically. These options cannot be changed. Other customizable options are as follows:
|Default Document||The document displayed here is your default document. It will be opened automatically each time you start DatePad. The default document is not opened when you start DatePad by double clicking a DatePad file. In this case only the requested file is opened.|
|Start with an empty document||If you do not supply a default document DatePad can open a new document each time you start the program. This option if only used if no default document is specified.|
|Backup any opened document||Makes a backup copy of the files that are opened.|
|Enable file locking||Makes a file lock for all the files that are opened. This file lock is removed when the file is closed. If another user tries to open a locked file a warning will be displayed.|
|Optional locking identity||If file locking is used a identity can be specified. This identity will be used in the warning message to indicate which used is editing a DatePad file. To correctly use this option different instances of DatePad should have different identities.|
|Save unsaved changed when closing||Automatically saves a DatePad file when is contains changes at the time it is being closed.|
|Start with a day entry||When a DatePad document is opened DatePad will automatically add an entry for the current year, month and day.|
|Start with a time entry||When a DatePad document is opened DatePad will automatically add an entry for the current year, month, day and time.|
|Enter the following text when a new day is added||If this option is enabled a new day entry will contain the text that is written in the box below this option. The text box can contain normal text, some variables, colors and layout items. Right click in the text field to enter these things. The variables that can be used are:
|Enter the following text when a new time is added||If this option is enabled a new time entry will contain the text that is written in the box below this option. The text box can contain normal text, some variables, colors and layout items. Right click in the text field to enter these things. The variables that can be used are:
|Default font||This is the font that will be used if you use the ‘Remove Formatting’ option in the main editing screen. All formatting will be removed and will be reset to the font indicated here.|
|Colors used in the treeview||This option is used to enhance the treeview display. Bij clicking the buttons in front of the text a color can be selected. This color will be used for all entries of the selected type in the treeview display. This option can for example be used to display weekends in a different color, by selecting different colors for Saturday and Sunday.|
DatePad 2.1 uses by default the English language. It is however possible to change a lot of the language related items in DatePad. This way you can translate all the menus, the context menus, the settings screens and the tooltips to the language you prefer. Translations are made available in an initialization file which is delivered with DatePad. Right now there is translation for the Dutch language only. To activate a translation you need to follow the next steps:
- Locate the place where you installed DatePad. Normally this will be
- Locate the language file of your choice (for example: “
- Rename the language file to “
The next time you start DatePad it should use the new language wherever possible. You can try to make your own translation my modifying the “
datepad.ini“. If you make a different translation please send it to me, so it can be made available to more people.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to copy and paste?
Yes, you can copy and paste textual information to and from other applications. There is not a menu option to copy and paste, but you can use the windows keys. Select the text you want to copy and press the control key and simultaneously the ‘c’ (Ctrl-C). Then to paste select the location you want to put the text and press simultaneously the Control key and the ‘v’ (Ctrl-v).
Please feel free to email questions, comments, remarks or whatever to the author of DatePad. My name is Adrie Berg and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to receive your reactions. You can also post your comments online.
Copyright 2007 by Adrie Berg