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shotglassHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Tips – Windows Taskbar Badges (Anniversary Update).

I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots, after about a handful, things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots (this new series of posts), the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great new features and power of Windows 10.

Microsoft just recently released their latest update for Windows 10, called Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  Oh, and this isn’t just a small update either.  It is a major update, with a lot of new features, performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Today, we are going to focus on changes to the Windows 10 Taskbar Date and Time.  One of my favorite features on the taskbar is the time and date.  Simple, to the point, right?  “What time is it?”  “What date is it again?”  I am constantly asking myself that question.  There is really no better place to look that is more convenient than on your taskbar.

However, what if you ask the question, “What is the date next Tuesday?”  You might be able to figure it out if you know todays date, but, what if you don’t?  If you click on the taskbar date and time, you get a quick reference calendar.


taskbar date and time exampleBut…there is more.  Check out just below the calendar.  Notice that events for the chosen day are displayed, giving you a quick outlook for the day.  It takes the events from your calendar application.  So, if your calendar application is linked to your work and personal calendars, you get to see the combined list of all your events.  Click on an event to bring it up in your calendar.

taskbar date and time agenda example

While you are looking around, you might decide that you want to add an event.  Simply click on the plus button and you will be taken to your calendar application with a new event window opened.

add an event on the taskbar date and time

NOTE:  You can choose to hide the agenda by clicking on the Hide agenda.

hide the agenda on the taskbar date and time

Another cool feature in the time and date dialog is the list of time zones that you can add.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I mess up what time it is on the east or west coast.  So, I simply added two more clocks for those time zones.  (don’t judge me for not remembering such a simple thing)

multiple time zones on the taskbar date and time

To setup up to two additional clocks, all you have to do is right click on the time and/or date in the taskbar and select Adjust date/time from the menu.

adjust taskbar date and time

From here you will be taken to the settings screen to adjust your taskbar time and date.  In this screen, select Add clocks for different time zones.

add clocks for different time zones

Now you will be presented with the taskbar date and time settings screen.  From here, you will want to fill in the information necessary for your need.  I chose to have both East and West coast time zones as you can see from the image below:

show this clock for the taskbar date and time

Pretty nice little features that make the taskbar date and time functionality really useful.  No need to open up a separate clock or calendar application to get quick information when that information is just a click away.

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