Is there a keyboard shortcut to bring up the calendar in Windows 7? I am referring to the calendar that is displayed if you click on the date-time display in the system tray. If that is not possible, is there any trick to display any calendar (with current date highlighted) with a keyboard shortcut?

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    If you hit Win+B, it would select the tray, then you could use the arrow keys to select the time. I hope then the enter key would bring the calender(can't test now )
    – RogUE
    Oct 15, 2016 at 5:53

5 Answers 5


Still working on January 2020

New in Windows 10 Anniversary Update:


This will pop-open the calendar and pressing it again will close it.

For a full list of windows shortcuts go here.

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    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Nov 9, 2018 at 15:16
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    Keyboard shortcut still working during the 1st wave of COVID-19 Apr 27, 2020 at 6:30
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    @SreenikethanI The true test is the 2nd wave. 😀
    – JohnnyO
    Apr 27, 2020 at 17:29

Keyboad shortcut

You can display the calendar with a combination of three keyboard shortcuts:

Win+B, Arrow right, Enter


  • Win+B selects the Windows system tray
  • Arrow right selects the calendar
  • Enter opens the calendar


clock Image source: How-To Geek.

  • I think you should update your answer. This does not work in case there are other minified apps appearing in the tray.(This at least does work on windows 10) Jun 14, 2019 at 11:05
  • @AdityaGupta: the question is tagged "windows-7" and there it works regardless of how many minified apps there are. For Windows 10 press Win+Alt+D.
    – Lernkurve
    Jul 2, 2019 at 15:28

Write this AutoHotKey script:

!d:: send #t{tab}{tab}{left}{enter}

Now Alt+D will open the date/clock window.

If you don't know what Autohotkey is, just google it, download it, open a notepad document, insert the script line and save the file. rename it as filename.ahk. The file logo will become a green H. Double-click it. The logo will appear in the right hand task bar icons, and the script should work. To change the hotkey, exchange ! for #, ^, or + for Win, Ctrl, or Shift, respectively (or keep ! for Alt). And change the letter if you want. Or learn about AHK and do anything you like:)

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    For Windows 10, it would be windows+t, tab, left, enter. Update: windows+b, left, enter to target system tray first, rather than toolbar first.
    – Anonsage
    Mar 23, 2016 at 0:23
  • Note: alt+d is used for highlight the address bar in explorer windows and most browsers Jun 22, 2017 at 14:25

You can bring up the "Date and Time" window, which comes up when you click on the "Change date and time settings...", with a shortcut key by doing the following:

  1. On the desktop (or any folder) right-click an empty location and click "New", then "Shortcut".

  2. For the location type timedate.cpl. Click "Next", enter any name you prefer. Then click "Finish".

  3. Now right-click the new shortcut and select "Properties". In the "Shortcut key:" text box type any key you would like for the shortcut.


  • This will bring up the change date and time settings, but the question is just to show the date time box Mar 14, 2016 at 5:11

I could not find any direct way to do this. Instead, I added the Calendar gadget in Windows 7 and created a AutoHotKey script to show or hide Gadgets (and thus Calendar) whenever needed when a keyboard shortcut (Win+G) was pressed. The AHK script to do this can be found here and more details on it here.

  • links are not working, do you have details or working links? Mar 14, 2016 at 4:54

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