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Width of clock in Desktop notification area

  1. #1


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Width of clock in Desktop notification area


    I've made the in-place transition from Windows 7 to 8 with only a moderate number of glitches and infuriations to resolve, and one inconvenience that I still want to address is the excessive width allocated to the clock display at the right-hand end of the notification are in the Desktop (I use StartMenu X to completely bypass the Start Screen and boot straight into Desktop). The clock is taking up three times as much width as is required for its simple hh:ss display, and I would like to cut out that excess, or to fill the space with additional day / date information, but cannot find any means to do so. Does any nice person here have any useful ideas on this? -- Philip.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Philip, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The tutorials below can help show you how to set the time and date how you like for this. In Windows 8, you would click on the Region icon in Control Panel instead.

    Time Format - Change - Windows 7 Forums

    Date Format for Taskbar System Tray - Show Full Day and Month Names - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thank you for that, Shawn. It appears that the problem is that I am using minimum taskbar height with small icons (and I would not have it otherwise), and so I'm seeing only the time. It appears that Windows isn't intelligent enough to recognise that with small icons and minimal taskbar height the date is not being displayed, and so it is still 'displaying' the date to nobody at all, and is thus reserving extra width for the (invisible) date. I very slightly reduced the space wastage by setting the minimum-length format for the date, but that is not enough, for every bit of taskbar space is needed.

    I guess my only way round this would be to turn off the Windows Clock display and install some third-party clock utility that shows the time in the notification area without wasting space. I'll now have a little search for such a utility. I don't want a display on the desktop space.

    --
    Philip.
    Last edited by Philip Goddard; 04 Dec 2012 at 11:24.
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  4. #4


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Ah, I've found that the space wastage isn't as much as I thought, because about half the empty bit to the right of the clock display is actually the 'Show Desktop' spot, devoid of any icon to announce its presence. It might be difficult to find a system tray clock that displays just the minimum-length time with no space wastage and no additional data unless hovered over or clicked upon. Maybe the current slight space wastage will have to be lived with.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. I'm not sure what else would work for that.
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