Is there a way to view the current day (eg. Wednesday) next to the date and time in the taskbar?

I can never remember the day when I need it, so is there a way to add the day in the taskbar?

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Yes, it is possible:

  • Go to the Start Menu, search for Region and Language and open it.
  • Click Additional Settings
  • Go to the Date tab
  • Change the Short date to dddd dd/mm/yyyy. A human would read that as Day of week day/month/year

Note: This will also change the Date Modified column when viewing files in Windows Explorer.

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    This can also affect the way some software (e.g.: Office) handles date formats. My personal preference is dddd yyyy-mm-dd which shows the day of week, followed by the ISO-formatted date. I also suggest stretching your taskbar to two rows high so the clock and notification area doesn't take up so much screen width. – Iszi Jul 30 '14 at 21:08
  • Alternate way to open the Region and Language control panel applet: press Win+R, type or paste intl.cpl in the text box, and press Enter. – and31415 Jul 31 '14 at 8:40
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    @ṧнʊß This official article provides a comprehensive list: Executing Control Panel Items – and31415 Jul 31 '14 at 10:05
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    @Iszi: But if you enlarge the taskbar you get the day for free without changing the system date and time formats!! – Andreas Rejbrand Aug 1 '14 at 15:31
  • @AndreasRejbrand Oh, you're right! I guess I never really noticed that since it's one of the first things I do on a new system - I do it more for the optimization of horizontal space on the taskbar than for date/time formatting. – Iszi Aug 1 '14 at 16:00

A simple, low-impact solution is simply to resize your taskbar to be three (or more) rows high:


Also, while this is not, strictly speaking, an answer to your question, we’re on the boundary of XY Problem territory here.  You want to find out the day of the week quickly, easily (without having to switch to another window and/or run a command).  So just hover your mouse over the date/time panel:


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  • Two rows work fine for me in Win7 with Aero, and I just double-checked my regional settings to make sure the short date format wasn't changed on this system. Also, my tooltip does show day of week for additional clocks. The lines in the tooltip are, in order: Local Date, Local Time, (Add'l Clock 1), (Add'l Clock 2). The local date appears to be in "Long Date" format, and each time is represented as ddd HH:mm (e.g.: "Fri 11:44"). The time portion of the times in the tooltip appear to match my "Short Time" format, but I don't see where I've set the abbreviated day of week to be included. – Iszi Aug 1 '14 at 15:45
  • (i.e.: I presume inclusion of the day-of-week abbreviation in the tooltip is automatic regardless of date/time format settings, but I'm not sure why this does not appear to be the case for @AndreasRejbrand.) I'll have to do some more testing on one of my VMs later. – Iszi Aug 1 '14 at 15:48
  • Oh, I am very sorry. The day is shown, but it was abbreviated, so I missed it. My apologies. – Andreas Rejbrand Aug 1 '14 at 15:50
  • @AndreasRejbrand Oh, cool. So I'm not insane. Now I'd just like to figure out why it takes 3 rows for Scott when 2 works fine for me. I'm guessing it has something to do with Aero, but that seems odd. – Iszi Aug 1 '14 at 15:51
  • Confirmed. It's Aero. You need three rows without, but only two if it's on. Apparently, everything down there is bigger with Aero, so there's more room. – Iszi Aug 1 '14 at 15:54

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