I have a database in place with a half dozen different users in remote locations. They all use Access97. In a number of forms =Date() is used to provide today's date as the default value. At two of the sites, this worked fine initially. However, at some point something changed. Instead of seeing today's date when the form opened, there was an error message in the date field. #number or something like that. As soon as you click into that field the proper date come up, but it was very distracting to the users. At the other sites it still works fine. The only work around I've been able to come up with is to use =Now() instead. It works fine. But that requires the extra step for changing the format on all uses of that entry to ShortDate to get rid of the time. Anyone ever see this happen? Got any thoughts as to why? Thanks, Dave.