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Change The Windows 7 Taskbar Date Display Format [How-To]

Windows 7 Tricks, Tips, Reviews, Questions, Downloads, Updates, Comments, and answersFor someone who sits at a desk all day working on computers, the system clock is a primary source for accurate time.  The problem is that the default format of the date doesn’t display what day it is, just what number.  This is easy to fix and this article will show you how.

Let’s get started!

How To Change The Display Style Of the System Day In The Windows 7 System Tray

1. Click the Clock in your Windows 7 system tray and then Select Change date and time settings…

Windows 7 screenshot - click the clock and change settings

2. Click Change date and time…

Windows 7 screenshot - change the date and the time

3. Click Change calendar settings…

Windows 7 screenshot - change the calendar settings

4. From here you can change your date and time display using the preset Windows 7 format.  Select one from the drop-down lists, but if you want something more customized Click Additional settings…

Windows 7 screenshot  change the region and language formats settings

5. Go to the Date tab.  Here you can adjust what it displays, set to your custom parameters.  here you can only use the letters: d, M, and y.

  • d = day
  • M= month
  • y = year

Test out different combinations to see which suits you best, you can also include commas, slash marks, dashes, and other grammatical symbols.  Click Apply when ready to see the results!

Windows 7 screenshot - customize display formats

Now you have a groovy customized date appearance!  In the example below I used “dddd, MMM d“ for the short date and “dddd, MMM dd / yyyy” for the long date.  It’s nice to know that when I forget what day it is Windows 7 clock has my back.

Windows 7 screenshot - long date vs. short date

Questions, Comments?  Drop a comment below or start a discussion in the groovyPost community forum!

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6 Responses to Change The Windows 7 Taskbar Date Display Format [How-To]

  1. shockersh January 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Done and done. I also like the trick for adding additional clocks for different time zones as well. Nice trick.

  2. mike July 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    That day/date format in the taskbar tray was exactly what I wanted! Thanks for the fantastic tips!

    • MrGroove August 3, 2010 at 12:22 am #

      Awesome Mike. Thnx for the feedback. Have you tried my new write-up for adding multiple clocks w/different timezones? That’s a nice one also. 😉

  3. Taylor Griffin November 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    What a fantastic idea. I am not totally sure if that is going to happen, but who knows. Would you be willing to write another post, but from the opposite side of the fence.

  4. karin October 22, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    Very helpful, thank you. Got my date back.

  5. AnandVVN August 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    thank you

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