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Expand the notification area's calendar in Windows XP with DateInTray

For many Windows XP users, the notification area's calendar is the most used area for date information on the system. Now, a handy freeware utility from CrispyBytes Development called DateInTray makes it better.

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.

35 comments
kdust111
kdust111

Can't tell how many users I've seen during meetings go to the Adjust Date & Time dialog box just to see a calendar. Is there a program that will put a monthly calendar on the desktop and automatically update it as the months change? That is easily the most-used feature of TClockEx, which I've used for years. It's pretty good and has a copy-to-clipboard date feature. Best of all its advantages are NO ADMIN ACCESS REQUIRED. The problem with hovering isn't the time as much as it is a requirement, with TClockEx I just have to look to see the day/date/time info. Now that the outfit I work for has finally given us XP I see it will give us almost as good a date/time display as TClockEx when you expand to 2 or 3 taskbar lines. And, since I got a widescreen I've put the taskbar on the right to get as much usable vertical real-estate as possible and all 3 lines of the clock/date will show automatically. I've read these with interest and will try some of the variations listed here although probably not DateInTray. Thanks for the info Greg. I certainly understand Bob's complaint about promoting nonsense, but I look at your articles as a combination of what software can do and what useful add-ons there are to M$ Window$.

timothy.fitzgerald
timothy.fitzgerald

No one wants to mention this, but the date tray is one minor improvement that increases my quality of life in front of the PC. Instead of taking you to the Control Panel like in XP and previous (which can't be used at work because we lock up on PC's), you get a helpful, easy-to-navigate calendar window. It doesn't make up for everything else, but it's an incremental improvement that is a-propos to this conversation, so I thought I'd mention it.

bob
bob

Anyone who promotes more garbage in user's taskbar needs to have his can canistered. Like there aren't enough rouge apps putting themselves in startup, quickstart, and icon in the taskbar; WE CERTAINLY NEED ANOTHER. NOT! If a writer has no more sense than to promote nonsense, maybe that writer should learn another trade. The readers here are not novices. If you want to inform or educate, flaunting useless end-user gadgets that do little more than take up system resources is not the way. Get real. Give us something valuable. Real content.

ZHudock
ZHudock

There is an open source alternative to this called WinCalendarTime. WCT actually replaces the clock in the notification area with a new, customizable clock, and clicking the clock will bring up the calendar view. http://wincalendartime.sourceforge.net/

caktusman
caktusman

Nice. But I get by using the MS Works Calendar which can have multiple calendars, formats and automaic reminders.

tony
tony

Unfortunately, for those of us running XP in secure mode (i.e. no administrative privileges), the calendar is not available! Does this tool overcome this issue when logged on in this mode? I'm not in favor of tools that make the assumption the end user is runing in the default insecure mode that Windows XP ships in! They force the end user to always run the machine as administrator in order to use these freebies! No wonder then that there are so many bots out there!

1Rab
1Rab

I've been using Tclockex by Dale Nurden for a few years now with no problems which you can get here - http://www.rcis.co.za/dale/ along with a few more handy bits and some useful links. Alll the best Rab.

noeldi
noeldi

Or just expand the Windows Bar to two lines. Then the time and the date will be displayed. Nowadays with bigger screens this should not be a problem. Or make the bar "auto hide" if your screen is too small.

tom
tom

Cute little app but... if I expand the taskbar to two rows the time changes to show the Day & Day/Month/Year. I click on it and open the resident dialog box. So there is no clipboard function, OK...? Further, DIT creates a useless desktop icon as well. On the other hand this article lead me to the Clear Read-Only app which is useful, Ah well, to each his own. Thanks

Rob C
Rob C

MS Decided to call the SysTray the 'Notification Area', without asking my/our opinion. Do not encourage them by complying with their terminology.

tdambra
tdambra

A few years ago I developed a small free applet that sits in the IconTray. Ezy Date Getter, which provides a full pop-uop calendar, with add/minus days buttons and 8 different date formats. Download from http://www.aadconsulting.com/freeware.html

ronsteiner
ronsteiner

I find the combination of TClockEx and ATNotes an indispensable part of every install I do. ATNotes gives you sticky notes as well as the ability to put a calendar on the desktop. http://atnotes.fr.st/

Axial
Axial

WinCalendarTime on XP: the calendar doesn't auto-hide itself, stays on top of the window seemingly perpetually after opening, nowhere to minimize.

fjjsnyder
fjjsnyder

Thanks for the WinCalendarTime recommendation. Perfect for what I need.

RichsHome
RichsHome

Very simple to use and still gives me everything that I want from a tray calendar. Very nice.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

And the date doesn't display. Time and day of the week display, but the date only appears if I hover the mouse over the time.

fedm235
fedm235

The windows date/time tool works to do what this addon does. So why re-invent the tool? Some people put the task bar on the side of the screen. Then you can get date, time, and day of week. Play with the date display format to get it like you want.

charro
charro

For several years I been using a little old app called TClock and TClock-light, these are two versions of the same basic idea, you can customize calendar or alarms, background colors, fonts, number of lines, font, etc, oldies but goodies. All flavors of Windoze

Snak
Snak

I use AlfaClock (www.alfaclock.com). This gives a date on the taskbar and a right click offers a copy to clipboard, updates to the software, a spoken time and date and a pop up calendar, although a single left click will pop up the calendar (by default) anyway. You also have the option to double left click for (by default) the preferences. The right click offers a preferences option which allows you to change what the left click does. You have a whole range of format options, fonts, colours etc etc.

death.axe
death.axe

Try an application called rainlendar. It is a desktop calander, you can set events, alarms, a task list etc etc. Plus if you want it can show in your sys tray with he date on an icon.

balaji.gp3
balaji.gp3

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Rob C
Rob C

I have had unfortunate experiences with 'programs' that change the way the Time appears in the SysTray. I prefer the approach you have used (to have a stand-alone app running in the SysTray). Thanks, I will give your app a try. Regards, Rob

stevecripe57
stevecripe57

Follow the link you left and that's the message you get.

Rob C
Rob C

Try Clicking the Time again. I briefly tried it, and then uninstalled it. I am using LClock now and I like it. http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=157465 The download link is about 15% down the page Changelog: 1.62b September 19, 2004 (Download) Surely there is no one in the world that cannot tell it is AM or PM ? So I would hide the AM/PM and enlarge the Font size of the Hours to 15 and the minutes to 13 (you can also tweak the placement/offsets) It has the ability to set reminders. I think you will like it. Rob

edglock21
edglock21

Date will display on a third row (if you'd want you bar taking up that much space). Folks - are we really that lazy that a mouse hover is just too taxing???

Rob C
Rob C

Tried alfaclock (now BetaClock), and it works well. Thanks, Rob

prendergasta
prendergasta

Here's a better app: "TClockEx is a tricky little program that enhances the clock that is built into the Windows taskbar. Now it is possible to see the date as well as the time on the taskbar in one glance, and with any format you like. A few extra goodies are a pop-up calendar and the ability to show resource indicators for CPU usage and memory load" http://www.rcis.co.za/dale/tclockex/download.htm

Rob C
Rob C

Good News, you have some interesting free apps. Bad News, the first one I tried to install (Ezy_Date_Getter) failed to install one component. I develop in VB6 and try very hard not to use dependencies (DLL Hell etc). Is there any chance that installing some of your programs could mess up my pc (from a VB6 developers point of view) ? Regards, Rob

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Just in a hurry. Personally, I would prefer that the date show up on the second line and the day of the week appear on the third line. I usually already know what day it is, I'm just not sure of the date.

Fairbs
Fairbs

I've used, if I remember correctly, TClock on an old computer with good results. Free Desktop Clock v2.2 works great too. It shows time and date in the tray and you can customize the look (colors, formats, and whatnot). Does anyone know of a replacement for the calendar that you get when you doubleclick on the system tray time? What I'm looking for is something that shows previous and next month for quick reference. Thanks.

kermidge
kermidge

Of all the add-ons I've installed, this is one of my favorites - highly and easily customizable, no waste, no overhead to speak of. (2.5 MB RAM) And I can use a larger font, in bold, so my aging eyes can see the day, date, and time at a glance.

dl
dl

I'm with you. I've been using TimeClock for longer than I can remember. Works just great with no hit on system performance. What a utility should be.

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