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Old 10-07-2020, 12:19 AM   #1
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Editing custom date metadata

Hi All,

I have some custom date fields in a calibre library (to do with source currency and provenance). The custom metadata fields are presented with the field label to the left, the field value to the right (with a drop down that puts up a date picker when clicked), and below that two buttons, "Set '$field' to today" and "Clear '$field'".

Is there a way to get these presented to the right of the field? There appears to be adequate space for "Today" (or "Set to today") and the regular clear (recycle) button.

I took a screen shot (calibre date original.PNG) and did a quick mockup of what I have in mind (calibre date reformat.PNG).
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Old 10-07-2020, 05:44 AM   #2
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FWIW you can edit dates in the Book List by pressing F2 in the cell, then press '=' to set date to "Today", and '-' to set a date to "Undefined".

Avoids having to poke around in the Metadata Edit dialogue boxes.

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FWIW you can edit dates in the Book List by pressing F2 in the cell, then press '=' to set date to "Today", and '-' to set a date to "Undefined".

Avoids having to poke around in the Metadata Edit dialogue boxes.

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I'm usually not editing the values (they're mostly machine-generated), but I would like to save some vertical real estate. I have a lot of custom fields.
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FWIW you can edit dates in the Book List by pressing F2 in the cell, then press '=' to set date to "Today", and '-' to set a date to "Undefined".

Avoids having to poke around in the Metadata Edit dialogue boxes.

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I was just wondering how I could reset dates to nothing using the book list. I have my settings so that hitting "enter" edits the field in the booklist but I have never been able to just fix it so that the date is left blank.

Is there a way to make a hot key that will just blank out dates?
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I was just wondering how I could reset dates to nothing using the book list. I have my settings so that hitting "enter" edits the field in the booklist but I have never been able to just fix it so that the date is left blank.

Is there a way to make a hot key that will just blank out dates?
Select the date field and press -

Job Spy does have an option to hotkey-fill columns but I think it only works for text ones.
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Select the date field and press -

Job Spy does have an option to hotkey-fill columns but I think it only works for text ones.
Yeah, I use job spy to clean out the long text columns, but I haven't set up hot keys for anything other than the duplicate finder.
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I was just wondering how I could reset dates to nothing using the book list. I have my settings so that hitting "enter" edits the field in the booklist but I have never been able to just fix it so that the date is left blank.

Is there a way to make a hot key that will just blank out dates?
IIRC F2 always works, irrespective of the Preferences->Tweaks->Control behavior of the book list setting. But if you can edit the cell with Enter or Double-click, just press the minus key ('-'), then Enter or Tab.

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Is there a way to get these presented to the right of the field? There appears to be adequate space for "Today" (or "Set to today") and the regular clear (recycle) button.
I changed edit metadata single and bulk to use the suggested layout.
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I changed edit metadata single and bulk to use the suggested layout.
That looks lovely. Is there something I should do locally to get the same result, or will this show up in an upcoming release?
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That looks lovely. Is there something I should do locally to get the same result, or will this show up in an upcoming release?
It will be in the next release. If you are in a hurry you can run calibre from source and get it now.
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It will be in the next release. If you are in a hurry you can run calibre from source and get it now.
I'm not that anxious, I just wanted to make sure I understood how to get it.

Thank you! This is a small thing, but it will make the interface better for me.
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I see the changes now. Thanks Charles!
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