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Windows 7: Date Format for Taskbar System Tray - Show Full Day and Month Names



Date Format for Taskbar System Tray - Show Full Day and Month Names

How to Show Full Day and Month Names in Date on Taskbar System Tray in Windows
Published by Brink
07 Aug 2011
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How to Show Full Day and Month Names in Date on Taskbar System Tray in Windows

information   Information
This will show you how to change the date format of the date on the taskbar system tray in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 to show the date how you would like it to. For example, with the day and month names like Sunday 07 August 2011 instead of 8/7/2011.

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To be able to have the full date and time to display on the taskbar, you may also need to have the taskbar set to have large icons OR resize the taskbar's height until displayed.

This will also change how the short date is displayed globally in Windows 7, and not just on the taskbar.


EXAMPLE: System Tray Date
NOTE: This is an example of the default tray date and one with the day and month showing. The default date shown will depend on what format regional language you have set.
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Here's How:
1. In Vista or Windows 7, open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Regional and Language icon, close the Control Panel, and go to step 3 below.

2. In Windows 8, open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Region icon, close the Control Panel, and go to step 3 below.
3. Under the Formats tab, click/tap on the Additional Settings button. (see screenshot below)
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4. Click/tap on the Date tab. Under the Date formats section, the value for Short date is the one that is display on the taskbar system tray. (see screenshot below)
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5. In the Short date field from step 4, you can type any value like the examples below for how you want the date to be displayed, then click on the Apply button to see what the Short date looks like under the Example section and/or on the taskbar system tray. (see screenshot above)

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Date Letters

d = day
M = month
y = year
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d or dd = displays as day number
ddd = displays as abreviated day name
dddd = displays as full day name
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M or MM = displays as month number
MMM = displays as abreviated month name
MMMM = displays as full month name
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y or yy = displays up to the last 2 digits of the year
yyy or yyyy = displays as full year


Example Date Formats
NOTE: You can use a space and characters like - / , . between the date letters.

d-M-y displays as 7-‎8-‎11

dd-MM-yy displays as ‎07-‎08-‎11

dd/MM/yy displays as ‎07/08/11

ddd-MMM-yyy displays as Sun-‎Aug-‎2011

ddd, MMM. yyy displays as Sun, ‎Aug. 2011

dddd-MMMM-yyyy displays as ‎Sunday-‎August-‎2011

dddd dd, MMMM yyyy displays as Sunday ‎07, ‎August ‎2011



6. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 4)

7. Click /tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)
That's it,
Shawn


07 Aug 2011   #1
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

This will have global effect on the system, so anywhere the system displays dates (such as in Event Viewer/Task scheduler) it will also display the long format there and not just in the taskbar.

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07 Aug 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Warning added.
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25 Jun 2012   #3
fredheyer

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
how to see the day of week in the taskbar

It seems that in Windows 7 the date format cannot be expanded to the left as with XP. So the only way to see the day of the week in the taskbar is to increase the height of the taskbar - not a good option. Is that what you find?
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25 Jun 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Fred, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, in most cases.

To be able to have the full date and time to display on the taskbar, you may also need to have the taskbar set to have large icons OR resize the taskbar's height until displayed.
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27 Jun 2012   #5
fredheyer

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

tks Brink - I have installed tclock and that does the trick.
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27 Jun 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news.
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27 Jun 2012   #7
fredheyer

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I now have a Permissions problem putting a shortcut to tclock in the Start Menu - which says Access Denied. Tried a few things but that produced a conflict and had to Restore. Sharing and Permissions seems quite complicated - any advice please?
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27 Jun 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Fred,

Sorry to hear that. At what stage is it giving you this error?

Are you trying to place a shortcut of the program using the same method in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below?

Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts
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26 Mar 2013   #9
bluera1028

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Thanks for the date tip

This has been driving me nuts and could not remember how to do it in Windows XP. Appreciate the tip, works for XP and 7.
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