If you are interested in knowing how to customize the format of the built-in taskbar clock in Windows 10, then read this article. Today we will see how we can change the format of clock you see in the system try (bottom right corner).
In Windows XP and Windows Vista, the taskbar was thinner and so only the time was shown by default on the taskbar. If you made the taskbar thicker, then it showed the date, day and time. But the redesigned taskbar in Windows 10 already shows the date and time. The date on the taskbar is shown in the short format whereas the time is shown in the long format. Depending on the system locale and language of Windows that you use, the format will be different but you can easily customize this.
- Open Control Panel using any of these methods.
- Locate Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Region and open it.
- Click the Additional Settings button.
- Go to the Date tab. There you will see the notation of the short and long date formats and a preview of how it shows. You can type your own format there. For English (United States), the short format is M/d/yyyy. Change it to anything you want. I changed it to ddd, d MMM yyyy and clicked Apply.
- You get the new Date format in the taskbar instantly!
- For changing the time you can use the same trick to change the format. For example, to switch to a 24 hour clock, type HH:mm:ss and remove the 'tt' notation:
That's it. Leave a comment if you have any question.