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Date picker

Date pickers simplify the task of selecting a date in a visual representation of a calendar.

Date picker


Short description

Date pickers are used when users need to enter a date. The user can enter the date as text, but the date picker also allows the user to select the date in a visual representation of a calendar.

By using a date picker, many errors concerning format and wrong characters can be avoided.

When and how to use it

Always use a date picker when the user should enter a complete date. If only a year, a month, a day (or a combination of two options) is needed, use separate input fields. For example a credit card expiry month. Dropdowns could optionally be used if the range of values is limited.


The date picker can be equipped with a variety of features, on top of the base component:

Non-selectable dates

Sometimes there is a need to show days which are not selectable, for example a bank holiday which can not be chosen when initiating a cross border payment. The dates which are not selectable should then have a gray background (#E6E6E6) with a gray number (#B3B3B3). If the user tries to select a not selectable date, there will be a tooltip telling the user the date is not available.

The last days/first days of the previous month/next month should be gray (#B3B3B3) on white background (#FFFFFF). If the user click on one of those days, the datepicker will change to that month.

Date range

If a user has to enter a time period, instead of two separate date pickers, use the date range picker (below).

Preset range selection

This feature lets users quickly and easily select a set range of dates. It should be used when it is necessary for users to quickly select commonly used range of dates. On mobile, the preset date ranges are presented as a row of scrollable filter tags.

Range preset for desktop

Range preset for desktop

Range preset for mobile

Range preset for mobile



The date picker can be used as Normal or with a few options:

  • Scrollable, where several months are displayed in a vertical view.
  • Extended, with one or two quick options added below the calendar.

Desktop and tablet

On desktop and tablet, the date picker is displayed below the date input field.


On mobile, the date picker cover the whole viewport as a takeover. The header part (headline, dropdowns, and day labels) and bottom part (actionable options) are fixed.

Keyboard navigation

The user is able to increase or decrease the date by pressing the up/down arrows on the keyboard:

  • One day at the time when the input field or calendar view is in focus
  • One month at the time when the month dropdown is in focus
  • One year at the time when the year dropdown is in focus

Do's and don'ts

  • Use the same date picker no matter which date format is being used.
  • Format the watermark in the date input field according to the current date format.
  • Don't use three input fields or three dropdowns to enter a date.
  • Avoid using steppers to enter dates, days, months or years.



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