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I need to time some things, thought it would be nice to do this...

Or maybe a better question: Can the date/time format in the Windows task bar be changed?

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  • To what degree do you want to change the format? I don't think you can get it down to milliseconds, and it seems that you can't get seconds to display in the tray either. There may be some third-party tools to facilitate this, though. – Iszi Feb 27 '12 at 4:10
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    If you need to time things, you will want something that starts counting from 00:00:00 upon the press of a button. The task bar will most likely not give you accurate results when trying to time things, that's also the reason why it doesn't have milliseconds... – Tamara Wijsman Feb 27 '12 at 4:20
  • superuser.com/q/429772/101936 – PHPst Jul 1 '14 at 6:25
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These are the only customizations you can make using the native Windows tray clock. Milliseconds are not available.

  • Click the Clock in your Windows 7 system tray and then select "Change date and time settings...":

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  • Click "Change date and time...":

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  • Click "Change calendar settings":

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  • From here you can change your date and time display using the preset Windows 7 format. Select one from the drop-down lists or, if you want something more customized, click "Additional settings...":

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Click the "Additional settings..." button to make other customizations:

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    It's worth pointing out that, as stated in the last screenshot, seconds can only be displayed in the "long time" format. The system tray uses "short time". – Iszi Feb 27 '12 at 4:36
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    Correct, the answer to the question is No, any way you stack it. There probably is some 3rd party software to do it, maybe. – Moab Feb 27 '12 at 17:36

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