Ever since I started using my new MacBook Air as my primary non-work laptop, I’ve been frustrated that you can’t just click on the clock to show the calendar, the way Windows 7 does. Here’s how to fix that.
Of course, the heart of this article is nothing more than a tiny piece of freeware that does the work, but after doing a little tweaking I figured out that you can make it look like the default clock & date.
Setup Your Drop-Down Calendar
The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install MenuCalendarClock, which is actually a freeware application even though the page makes it look like shareware—you can pay for additional features, but the core features are free.
Once you’ve got it running, head into Preferences -> Menu Item and show the clock, change the format to match what you’ve got the OS X clock set to, and then uncheck the “Show Calendar Icon” checkbox.
At this point, your clock will look the same as the built-in one, but this one shows the calendar when you click it. You’ll probably want to head into the Date & Time settings and remove the built-in clock from the menu bar.
If you head into the Display -> Advanced section of the MenuCalendarClock preferences, you can also hide the dock icon, which works just fine even though there is a warning about it.
At this point you’ve got a drop-down calendar on the menu bar clock. Pity it’s not built in. Also, thanks to @Jishenaz for the tip.
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- Published 11/26/10