Converting date to proper format

I have a table in an ms-sql database which contains dates in a column like so:

2010-06-24 00:00:00.000

Then in c#, I get those dates w/ a statement and assign it to a variable which populates a column of a grid on a web page made w/

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  •             SqlCommand command = new SqlCommand();
                //connection info here
                sql2 = "(select statement here);
                command.CommandText = sql2;
                dates["Entry"] = command.ExecuteScalar();

    So, this fills up the grid w/ the correct dates, however, I’m trying to format it so I just get the month, day, and year, not the time after, with slashes. So like this:


    I’ve tried converting it to date time and using:


    I’ve tried using a reader instead and doing something like:


    which also didn’t work. I just can’t seem to find the correct way to do this. Any tips would be great.

    Edit: Here’s the sql2 statement:

    sql2 = "select max(day) as day from users u join days d on d.User_ID = where u.ActiveUser = 1 and = " + Users["ID"].ToString();

    This is just getting the most recent date a user has entered stuff in.

    Edit 2:
    The date that shows up in the grid is like so “3/12/2013 12:00:00 AM”.

    Edit 3: The .ExecuteScalar() function seems to be formatting the date automatically to “3/12/2013 12:00:00 AM” type of format.

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    Just change your format to yyyy-MM-dd like;

    dates["Entry"] = ((DateTime)command.ExecuteScalar()).ToString("yyyy-MM-dd", 

    2010-06-24 If you want to display a DateTime like this you just pass a format string of “yyyy-mm-dd” so it would look like this:

    string Date = new DateTime(2010, 6, 24).ToString("yyyy-mm-dd");

    You can read more about what formats you can output on a DateTime at this link:

    You can also use ToShortDateString() function to cut off the time string-:


    Try out following in the sql:

    select CONVERT(datetime, column_name, 101) from table_name

    101 – is datetime style. You may find all styles by the link

    Also in code behind:


    Hope it helps

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