I recently upgraded to Windows 7 and need the date displayed with the time. This works, but only if I use large icons in the taskbar settings which is quite ugly.
Any ideas how to display the time and date when only using small taskbar icons?
With Windows 7 or Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) and small icons you can show both the date and time using the free program Skinny Clock from www.rawos.com/sclock/ or Softpedia. I have ver 1.15 Beta 1, which needs tweaking for optimum results. Set autoload (right-click the icon in the Taskbar, Settings, General, tick Autorun). Disable the Clock Window (Settings, Clock Window, click the definition file None button). Set the Taskbar Clock (Settings, Taskbar Clock, tick Override Taskbar - experimental but works) and select the font, colours and clock mask (I use "h:nnam/pm ddMMM").
if you reduce the DPI settings below 100% (96 DPI) to 80 or 90% you should see time AND date in the task bar with 'small icons'. but since the folks at Microsoft in their infinite wisdom have set the minimum limit to 100% you will have to edit the registry for that:
if you want to use DPI settings below 96 (100%), start the Registry Editor (backup your registry first) and navigate to
LogPixels value is 96 decimal.
For 90 percent font size, set to 86 decimal.
For 80 percent font size, set to 76 decimal.
Close REGEDIT and reboot the computer.
If some text appears too small or blurry try different value or return to 96 dpi.
Source: Vista less than 96 DPI by registry change (works for Windows 7)
Voilá! Time AND date with small icons in the task bar (with 90% DPI settings).
I had absolutely no luck with the up-voted Skinny Clock utility. Instead I tried "TClock", which was mentioned in a side conversation as not being compatible with Windows 7 circa 2009. Apparently we didn't have long to wait- in 2010 an update was released that is fully compatible with Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 32 & 64 bit.
TClock 2010 works like a charm for me, and has every option I could imagine needing. The original developer has since discontinued development, but others have picked up the project.
You can download the original TClock 2010 Build 95 from the author's DonationCoder forum post, or from a fan mirror; both should have an md5sum of 8bbdc9344c223ee24bafd944cecbd507. The developer also released the source code, which continues to be developed.
Note: I have only tested Build 95, the last produced by the original developer.
Aside from the clock itself, its ability to have a global hotkey open a quick calendar is especially helpful. As an added bonus the application is (mostly) self-contained and doesn't require administrative privileges.
My setup with TClock 2010 Build 95, Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit, and small taskbar icons:
You can, but you either have to unlock the task bar and enlarge it to be twice as tall; or you can move it to one of the side edges of the monitor. Unfortunatly, both of those options make the bar bigger than just using Large Icons.
There is a one trick. Just found it today myself.
Consider this scenario: you have the taskbar positioned at bottom or top while using small icons. You want to see both date and time, but only the latter is displayed.
This behavior is by design.
Proposed solutions so far
Alternate solution: date toolbar hack
The idea is to create a new toolbar pointing to a folder whose only content is a shortcut file which gets renamed depending on the system date. A taskbar toolbar, a shortcut file, a batch script, and a scheduled task: that's all it takes.
Here's the end result:
How it works
After setting the working directory it will retrieve the current date and then rename the shortcut file. The code to get the current date was partially borrowed from this page: http://ss64.com/nt/syntax-getdate.html
You can choose any icon you like for the shortcut. The date format can be adjusted by changing the following line in the batch script:
In this case we have the
If you are looking today to download T-Clock 2010 (build 95) which has now disappeared,
there is still one website that preserves it, at :
This extremely temporary web page from 2009 is still there and waiting.
The only other solution I can see would be to use one of the Windows themes found on devianART, for example Shine 2.0 by zainadeel, or use a utility such as Ave's Windows7 Style Builder (22.50$) to create your own theme.