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Display Day of Week in Windows 10 Taskbar

How to Display Day of Week in Windows 10 Taskbar

If you like, you can configure Windows 10 taskbar to display the day of the week. This can be done by fine grain tuning of the date format, so it will become visible in the date area of the notification tray (the right bottom corner).

Windows 10 Show Day Of Week In Taskbar

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.

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Before proceeding, please keep in mind the following:

To Display Day of Week in Windows 10 Taskbar,

  1. Open Control Panel using any of these methods.
  2. Browse to Control Panel\Clock, Language, and RegionWindows 10 Control Panel Region 1
  3. Click on the Region icon to open the Region dialog.
  4. Windows 10 Control Panel Region 2
  5. Click the Additional Settings button.
  6. Open the Date tab.Windows 10 short date format
  7. Enter the following to the Short date drop-down text box: dddd, M/d/yyyy.Windows 10 Day Of Week In Taskbar
  8. Click Apply and OK.

You are done! The taskbar now shows the day of the week.

Windows 10 Show Day Of Week In Taskbar

How it works

The taskbar in Windows 10 is using the 'short date' format to display the current date. By tweaking its default value, you can make it show any extra info. In the example above, we have added a new dddd portion, which expands to the day of the week.

The only downside here is that the change affects all the apps using the small date format. This is a long standing issue in Windows, which doesn't allow customizing the date format independently for the system tray area. Alternative operating systems, e.g. Linux, support this in many desktop environments. Maybe one day Windows will allow us to do the same.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

11 thoughts on “Display Day of Week in Windows 10 Taskbar”

  1. I would love to see the same on single line taskbar. Shame that one has to make it two line to see everything.

  2. “The only downside here is that the change affects all the apps using the small date format.”
    That’s why I use “T-Clock Redux” app.

  3. This format caused commas to be used instead of slashes in other microsoft office date instances. 9/30/2020 for example would look like 9, 30, 2020.

    Formatting the short date like this: “M/d/yyyy, dddd” solved this issue, and I still get to see the day of the week on my taskbar.

    1. SARAH!
      BRILLIANT! This works AND doesn’t screw up the rest of the dates in Windows 10 applications!
      Thanks so very much!

  4. Perfect! I am newly retired and need an instant, at-a-glance reminder of which day it is! It displays as DAY, M/D/YYYY. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

  5. The problem with changing the short date format is that it can cause other programs (which use the Windows short date to insert dates into fields in that program) to not work properly. So don’t be surprised if this happens to you. The program I had trouble with is a CRM program (Customer Relationship Management) called Commence.

  6. I tried your method of adding the Day to my calendar and it worked! The only problem this Day disappears upon a re-start and reverts back to the old setting which on shows the time. When I attempt to change it back it will not respond. I though the problem was my Windows 10 but my wife’s does the same thing. In other words the new setting showing the Day will not hold.

    Is there any fix for this?
    Thanks,
    Brad

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