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Windows 7 - display date using small icons

As we approach the year 2012, there has to be a way to show the date and time in Windows 7 without doing any of the following:

  • Increasing the height of the taskbar
  • Using large icons
  • Messing with the system date/time display format
  • Third-party software

I've read a few answers here on StackExchange and they're a few years old, so I am hoping that, since that time, new options have been discovered.

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The default on all my Windows 7 computers allows for this. I use the smallest icon size possible, and have changed any of the settings, from their default. –  Ramhound Dec 12 '11 at 14:24
    
Is your taskbar a single line or did you unlock the taskbar and drag up its height? –  oscilatingcretin Dec 12 '11 at 15:02
    
I agree with @Ramhound. Windows 7 default does what you ask. Even the Windows Basic theme shows date and time. Did you already change something? –  CharlieRB Dec 12 '11 at 15:03
    
He has it set to "Small Icons", so the date doesn't show. The problem is he wants the date, but doesn't want to un-check "Use small icons". His restrictions make @surfasb's answer the only one. –  techie007 Dec 12 '11 at 17:11
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You can move the taskbar to the left or right hand side of the screen. This is generally a better position for the taskbar anyways, since vertical real estate is precious on these widescreens.

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Marked as answer to get my answer ratio up since no one else can add new answers to this anyway. –  oscilatingcretin Feb 15 '12 at 12:46
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