By default, when editing a date field that includes day, month, and year, there are dropdowns displayed in day-month-year order. This is good for English, but for users whose language is set to Japanese, I would like to show the edit dropdowns in year-month-day order. Is this possible?

I'm on Drupal 7.

EDIT: I attempted to edit the locale format but I wasn't able to get it working.

Under localize, I set the following values for Japanese: long-medium-short

I then confirmed that the field was set to display dates using the short format:


I then cleared my cache twice and reloaded. However, the edit widget (a date field on the user profile registration page) still displays dates in day/month/year format for both languages.

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I came across the issue today. Found there is an option to change the date format for Date field.

FYI: It is under "More Settings". Cheers

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Yes, Edit locale format in


for different languages.

The widget is smart enough to adjust for you base on your time format settings.


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  • I tried your instructions but I wasn't able to get it working... I may be missing a step. I've updated my question; please take a look at it again if you have time. Commented Jul 5, 2012 at 6:27
  • arh, I just had another look. My original test was based on Webform's date field widget. It is smart enough to adjust accordingly. I thought Webform's date field used Date's module, but it does not. I was wrong enough to mislead you. I am sorry. My answer is incorrect.
    – gilzero
    Commented Jul 5, 2012 at 12:25

You also can easily change it if you don't depend on site-wide date settings. If so - just go and change "short" date format (just an order of days and months) at admin/config/regional/date-time. Webform (and other #type = 'date' fields) will use the same order for its date fields.

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