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The dates in Phocas are formatted according to the language selected or, if no language is selected, the location settings in each user's browser. There are several ways of setting language and, in turn, date formats.

Individual user settings

The language  set by the user on their personal settings page overrides both the global default and browser settings. 

  • 'English (en)' uses dd/mm/yyyy formatting.
  • 'English (en-us)' uses mm/dd/yyyy formats.

Applying a global default

Administrators can set a default language setting on the Configuration screen, shown in the image below. By default this is blank. If a global default is set, it overrides any browser settings. However individual users can still select a language through their settings screen, as described above.

  • 'English (en)' uses dd/mm/yyyy formatting.
  • 'English (en-us)' uses mm/dd/yyyy formatting.

Browser location settings

If a language is not set globally or by an individual user, all dates will be formatted according to the location settings in each user's web browser. The setting options for Chrome and Internet Explorer are outlined below. Information about setting languages in other browsers can usually be found under browser 'settings'.

Note: It is strongly recommended that the language is set in Phocas rather than relying on the web browser.


In the browser, typing 'chrome://settings/languages' into the address field shows the browser language settings. The language at the top of the list is the one used for formatting - use the 'Add' button or drag and drop to reorder the list.

  • 'English' uses the dd/mm/yyyy format
  • 'English (United States)' uses mm/dd/yyyy.

Internet Explorer

In the browser, select Tools > Internet options. On the 'General' tab, select 'Languages' in the 'Appearance' section. The language at the top of the list determines the formatting. Use the Add or Move Up/Down buttons to select the preferred language.