Appearance Settings - Date Formats

Event Date Format

Preceden will use this format when displaying an event's dates on the timeline, as well as in the list below the timeline.

By default, the "Use the same format you specified for the event" option will cause Preceden to uswhatever format you used when you set the dates for the event. However, you may wish to format it differently when displaying it on the timeline. For example, instead of displaying the full date like "May 18, 2021" you may want to display it as "May 18" or "5/18".

We recommend choosing an option other than the default option to ensure dates are formatted consistently on your timeline.

Date Picker Format

Preceden will use this format for the date picker and when you change an event's dates with drag and drop.


The language you chose here will determine what language the event date picker will use when selecting a date for an event. It will also determine the language used for the dates displayed on the timeline and the list below the timeline.

When you sign up for an account, Preceden automatically sets this based on your browser's language settings. When you create a new timeline, we'll use the same language you used for the last timeline you worked on.

Approximate Format

For approximate dates, whether to display them on your timeline with a leading "Approx. " or "~":

  • Approx. March 3, 2021
  • ~March 3, 2021

Week Start

This setting determines, when your timeline displays events using a weekly scale, whether the weeks start on Sunday or Monday.

Quarter Format

This setting determines whether quarters are displayed as months (January, April, July, October) or Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. 

Fiscal Year Start

This setting determines whether the Fiscal Year starts in January or some other month. For example, the US federal government's fiscal year runs from October 1 of one calendar year through September 30 of the next.

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