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).
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.
Before proceeding, please keep in mind the following:
- It your Windows 10 taskbar is set to have small taskbar buttons, then it won't disable the day of the week.
- You need to change the date format using the classic Control Panel. As of this writing, the Settings app doesn't include the required options.
To Display Day of Week in Windows 10 Taskbar,
Open Control Panel using any of these methods.
- Browse to Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region
- Click on the Region icon to open the Region dialog.
- Click the Additional Settings button.
- Open the Date tab.
- Enter the following to the
Short datedrop-down text box:
- Click Apply and OK.
You are done! The taskbar now shows the day of the week.
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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