For many Windows XP users, the notification area's calendar is the most used area for date information on the system. If you hover your mouse pointer over the time, the date appears; if you need more information, you can simply double-click the time display to bring up the Date And Time Properties dialog box.
While this is a good system, a handy freeware utility from CrispyBytes Development called DateInTray makes it better. DateInTray adds a day of the month calendar to the notification area, allowing you to instantly tell the date with a just a quick glance -- no hovering required. However, you can get the full date by hovering, and you can see a complete monthly calendar with a single click. If you need to add the date to a document, right-click to can place the date on the Clipboard and then paste it anywhere you need.
Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.