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Windows 7: How to show time and date on taskbar?

19 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bits SP1
How to show time and date on taskbar?

Noticed on a browser picture submitted by another member that the task-bar displays the time and date. Mine only displays the time.

Is this a windows 7 option I can turn on? Looked in properties but could not find out how.
How to show time and date on taskbar?-capture.jpg

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19 Jan 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Manuel,

You can get the time and date by setting the "Short date" format using dd-MMM-yy as below.

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

How to show time and date on taskbar?-date.jpg

Hope this helps,

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19 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bits SP1

Thanks Brink.

Also found out I have to un-check the "Use small icons" option in the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window (Taskbar tab)". If set to small, the date is not displayed.
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19 Jan 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome.

I didn't think about having small or large icons on the taskbar. Nice catch.
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29 Aug 2012   #5

w7 pro

Registered just to thank Manigue for the tip...and for berating MS for once again changing a totally unrelated feature due to a setting. Shame on those idiots who programmed this issue to happen.
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06 Feb 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional

Windows has a long way to go
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24 May 2013   #7

Windows 7 x64

I stretched my taskbar display (because I don't want to use large icons). I'd prefer one line but would accept two, but now have 3 lines:
8:23 AM
Fri, 5-24-13

How can I get rid of that middle "Friday"?

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24 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Programming, both an operating system and applications, is about making decisions. Sometimes those decisions are hard. Sometimes no matter what choice you make somebody will say it was a stupid one. You can't please everybody.

Don't be too critical about the user interface decisions made by Microsoft and others until you have had to make those hard choices yourself. Designing a good user interface is a lot more difficult than most people think.
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17 Sep 2013   #9

windows 7
Solved it!

Hello, I found this problem extremely annoying and there was no answer on all the message boards that worked, so when I solved it I wanted to let people know how to fix it.

Just go to your screen resolution, lower it, hit apply. You'll notice your taskbar fixes itself, then go change your resolution back up again.

If for some reason that doesn't work you can download a date & time software for your taskbar. These are sure solutions beyond that Control Panel-Regional Date & Time settings thing.

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16 Oct 2014   #10


Here is what worked for me:
When you change your icons to small icons, the taskbar becomes more narrow.
Grab the edge of the taskbar and drag it slightly to make it wider.
This will provide more room so that the full date will appear.

And yes, I agree MS make abysmal user interfaces and I hope their monopoly on OS is overthrown soon.

- Kletus
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