In stable builds of Windows 10 like 10240 (Windows RTM) and 10586 (November Update), when you click the clock in the notification area/tray area of the taskbar which is usually in the bottom right corner, a new Calendar and Date-Time pane will appear on the screen. This change was made by Microsoft to adapt the old calendar function to new devices with touch screens. If you are not happy to use it and would like to revert it to the Windows-7 like calendar popup, you will be happy to know that it is still possible. Here is how to change it back.
Update: this trick no longer works.
In early Windows 10 builds, the new date-time pane was not enabled by default. For instance, Windows 10 build 9926 required to enable the new Calendar and Date-Time pane. However, in the final/stable releases of Windows 10, it's on by default and you need to do a Registry tweak to get back the Windows 7-like calendar popup instead of the new one. Just follow these instructions.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.
If you don't have such a key, then just create it.
- Create a new DWORD value named UseWin32TrayClockExperience and set its value data as 1. See the following screenshot:
- Now click the time/date in the notification area (system tray). The old calendar popup will appear on the screen!
I prepared ready-to-use Registry files for you including the undo file. You can download those files here:
Alternatively, you can get this change done easily using Winaero Tweaker. My freeware app allows you to switch between the new and old calendar and clock appearance with just one click:
That's it. Which calendar pane do you like more - the classic one or the touch screen friendly pane of Windows 10?
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