Have you ever wished that Windows displayed the full date instead of the short date format that is displayed in the Windows 7 Taskbar? With this easy tutorial you will have Windows displaying the date exactly how you want it to.
To get started click the bottom right corner of the screen where the time and date are displayed in the system tray.
When the pop-up dialog opens, click on the “Change date and time settings…” link.
The Date and Time box should open, once it has click on the “Change date and time…” button.
At last after all that clicking, you will arrive at the “Customize Format” Window. Here is where we will customize the way that Windows displays the date. The field that you will want to customize is called “Short date:”. You can make it display in any format that you would like, see the legend below the screenshot for some examples.
You can configure your options using a combination of any of the letters below.
d = Day
M = Month
y = Year
d = Displays the day as a number. Example: 20
ddd = Displays the day in abreviated format. Example: Sat
dddd = Displays the day as a full word. Example: Saturday
M = Displays the month as a number. Example: 8
MMM = Displays the month in abreviated format. Example: Aug
MMMM = Displays the month as a full word. Example: August
y = Displays the years last two numbers. Example: 11
yyy = Displays the year in full. Example: Aug
Additionally you can format you date with spaces or the “-” “,” “/” and “.” characters.
If we wanted our date to display as Saturday, August 20, 2011 i would change the “Short Date:” field to:
dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy
Below i have configured it to show the date in the format described in the legend.
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- Published 08/30/11