Tame your computer - what day is it?

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how you can show the day of the week in your taskbar (Windows 10).

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During the pandemic it's sometimes been difficult to know what day it is...

Would you like to see the day of the week along with the date in the bottom right of your screen? If so, you can simply point to the edge of the taskbar and drag it up, but I personally don’t like to have such a “deep” taskbar. What I’m after is something that was really easy to change in Windows 7 using Change the date, time, or number format.

In Windows 10 getting to that setting is a bit more hidden. There are various ways to find it, so I’ve counted the number of steps and believe that this is the quickest method. (Not that I’m obsessed ;)

Here’s how:

  1. Press the WIN key (or click the Start button), type control panel and press ENTER.

  2. Under Clock and Region click on Change date, time or number formats.

  3. At the bottom of the dialog box, click on the Additional settings button.

  4. Click on the Date tab.

  5. Under Date formats in the Short date box type ddd in front of dd/MM/yyyy (so that it reads ddd dd/MM/yyyy).

  6. Click OK twice.

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Format dates to include the day of the week (Microsoft Excel)  

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Unless stated otherwise, the steps are written about Microsoft 365 using Windows 10.

29 March 2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk


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