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taskbar clock

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bof, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. bof

    bof Flightless Bird

    I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been a
    corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but can't
    find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.


    It now displays:

    14:19
    Friday


    when it used to display:

    14:19
    12 March 2010


    Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?

    Many thanks


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    bof at bof dot me dot uk
     
  2. Andrew

    Andrew Flightless Bird

    Control Panel... Regional and Language Options ..
    then set the format you want for time/date ;-)

    HTH
    Andrew


    "bof" <nothingread@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:LNscRbBW4kmLFwmh@hotmail.com...
    |
    |
    | I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been a
    | corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    | colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but
    can't
    | find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    |
    |
    | It now displays:
    |
    | 14:19
    | Friday
    |
    |
    | when it used to display:
    |
    | 14:19
    | 12 March 2010
    |
    |
    | Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    |
    | Many thanks
    |
    |
    | --
    |
    | bof at bof dot me dot uk
     
  3. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Regional Options tab,
    Customize button

    bof wrote:
    >
    >
    > I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been a
    > corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    > colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but can't
    > find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >
    >
    > It now displays:
    >
    > 14:19
    > Friday
    >
    >
    > when it used to display:
    >
    > 14:19
    > 12 March 2010
    >
    >
    > Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >
    > Many thanks
    >
    >
     
  4. Craig S

    Craig S Flightless Bird

    (I'm XP)....I Googled "Taskbar Clock Format". ----Look at Control panel/
    Regional and Language Options/ Regional Options Tab--Customize and see if you
    can't fix everything.

    "bof" wrote:

    >
    >
    > I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been a
    > corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    > colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but can't
    > find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >
    >
    > It now displays:
    >
    > 14:19
    > Friday
    >
    >
    > when it used to display:
    >
    > 14:19
    > 12 March 2010
    >
    >
    > Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >
    > Many thanks
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > bof at bof dot me dot uk
    > .
    >
     
  5. bof

    bof Flightless Bird

    Thanks for the reply, the short date format here is set to
    "dd MMMM yyyy" and the long date is set to "dd MMMM yyyy" yet the desk
    top clock shows "Friday"

    In message <#bSjmhfwKHA.4532@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl>, Bob I
    <birelan@yahoo.com> writes
    >Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Regional Options tab,
    >Customize button
    >
    >bof wrote:
    >> I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been
    >>a corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    >>colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but can't
    >>find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >> It now displays:
    >> 14:19
    >> Friday
    >> when it used to display:
    >> 14:19
    >> 12 March 2010
    >> Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >> Many thanks
    >>

    >


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    bof at bof dot me dot uk
     
  6. bof

    bof Flightless Bird

    <Andrew, apologies for the email, mistakenly clicked "reply" instead of
    "follow-up">




    Thanks for the reply Andrew, Control Panel's Regional Settings was the
    first place I tried and there the short date format is set to
    "12/03/2010" and the long date is set to "12 March 2010" yet the desk
    top clock shows "Friday"





    In message <BNOdnWAX_MgjwQfWnZ2dnUVZ8k-dnZ2d@bt.com>, Andrew
    <NoToSpam@ReadItYourSelf.com> writes
    >Control Panel... Regional and Language Options ..
    >then set the format you want for time/date ;-)
    >
    >HTH
    >Andrew
    >
    >
    >"bof" <nothingread@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >news:LNscRbBW4kmLFwmh@hotmail.com...
    >|
    >|
    >| I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been a
    >| corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    >| colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but
    >can't
    >| find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >|
    >|
    >| It now displays:
    >|
    >| 14:19
    >| Friday
    >|
    >|
    >| when it used to display:
    >|
    >| 14:19
    >| 12 March 2010
    >|
    >|
    >| Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >|
    >| Many thanks
    >|
    >|
    >| --
    >|
    >| bof at bof dot me dot uk
    >
    >


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    bof at bof dot me dot uk
     
  7. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Then you'll need to make the Taskbar taller.

    bof wrote:

    >
    > Thanks for the reply, the short date format here is set to
    > "dd MMMM yyyy" and the long date is set to "dd MMMM yyyy" yet the desk
    > top clock shows "Friday"
    >
    > In message <#bSjmhfwKHA.4532@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl>, Bob I
    > <birelan@yahoo.com> writes
    >
    >> Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Regional Options tab,
    >> Customize button
    >>
    >> bof wrote:
    >>
    >>> I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been
    >>> a corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    >>> colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but
    >>> can't find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >>> It now displays:
    >>> 14:19
    >>> Friday
    >>> when it used to display:
    >>> 14:19
    >>> 12 March 2010
    >>> Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >>> Many thanks
    >>>

    >>

    >
     
  8. bof

    bof Flightless Bird

    Ah, thank you, getting closer now.

    lifting the task bar to three rows I get:

    19:23
    Friday
    12/03/2010

    so any suggestions on how to get rid of "Friday" so I can go back to a
    two row taskbar?

    MTIA



    In message <u4fU0HhwKHA.812@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl>, Bob I
    <birelan@yahoo.com> writes
    >Then you'll need to make the Taskbar taller.
    >
    >bof wrote:
    >
    >> Thanks for the reply, the short date format here is set to
    >> "dd MMMM yyyy" and the long date is set to "dd MMMM yyyy" yet the
    >>desk top clock shows "Friday"
    >> In message <#bSjmhfwKHA.4532@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl>, Bob I
    >><birelan@yahoo.com> writes
    >>
    >>> Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Regional Options tab,
    >>>Customize button
    >>>
    >>> bof wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have
    >>>>been a corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had
    >>>>changed, colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it
    >>>>was but can't find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >>>> It now displays:
    >>>> 14:19
    >>>> Friday
    >>>> when it used to display:
    >>>> 14:19
    >>>> 12 March 2010
    >>>> Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >>>> Many thanks
    >>>>
    >>>

    >>

    >


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    bof at bof dot me dot uk
     
  9. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    bof wrote:

    > I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been a
    > corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    > colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but can't
    > find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >
    > It now displays:
    >
    > 14:19
    > Friday
    >
    > when it used to display:
    >
    > 14:19
    > 12 March 2010
    >
    > Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >
    > Many thanks


    with a 2-row tall Windows taskbar, I've been stuck with time & day-of-week
    (dow) forever with this setup. I've never seen the "dow, date" format of
    which you speak. You sure you aren't asking about the balloon that appears
    when you hover your mouse over the tray clock?

    If you can't find an answer here that lets you change the dow string to a
    "dow, date" (something that I'd be interested in, too), you might have to
    replace the tray clock with a 3rd party offering, like:

    http://www.sarbyxlabs.com/en/sarbyxtc.html (free)

    I only trialed this last year sometime but didn't continue using it (as I
    prefer a simple environment with as little software running as possible, and
    this wasn't a critical need). During that time since the trial, there have
    been so many times that I've needed the date (not just the day of week) that
    I've relied on the hover balloon to show it; however, Windows XP has a known
    defect that it may stop showing the hover balloons (and the workarounds
    aren't permanent).

    You can search on "tray clock" at popular download sites (softpedia.com,
    download.com) for other solutions.
     
  10. bof

    bof Flightless Bird

    In message <hneri5$9f7$1@news.albasani.net>, VanguardLH <V@nguard.LH>
    writes
    >bof wrote:
    >
    >> I recently booted my XP Pro machine and there appears to have been a
    >> corruption somewhere as the appearance of the desktop had changed,
    >> colours, fonts, etc.. I've got most of it back to how it was but can't
    >> find a way to get the taskbar clock back to its original format.
    >>
    >> It now displays:
    >>
    >> 14:19
    >> Friday
    >>
    >> when it used to display:
    >>
    >> 14:19
    >> 12 March 2010
    >>
    >> Anyone advise where the taskbar clock format can be configured?
    >>
    >> Many thanks

    >
    >with a 2-row tall Windows taskbar, I've been stuck with time & day-of-week
    >(dow) forever with this setup. I've never seen the "dow, date" format of
    >which you speak. You sure you aren't asking about the balloon that appears
    >when you hover your mouse over the tray clock?


    I'm 100% certain, definitely not a balloon or pop up, previously I've
    always had

    09:23
    13/03/2010

    as the two row format,

    and it's exactly the format I need, as I always know what day it is but
    can rarely remember the date; so it's annoying to have to hover over the
    clock for the date, I've changed, hopefully temporarily, to a three row
    task bar.


    >
    >If you can't find an answer here that lets you change the dow string to a
    >"dow, date" (something that I'd be interested in, too), you might have to
    >replace the tray clock with a 3rd party offering, like:
    >
    >http://www.sarbyxlabs.com/en/sarbyxtc.html (free)
    >
    >I only trialed this last year sometime but didn't continue using it (as I
    >prefer a simple environment with as little software running as possible, and
    >this wasn't a critical need). During that time since the trial, there have
    >been so many times that I've needed the date (not just the day of week) that
    >I've relied on the hover balloon to show it; however, Windows XP has a known
    >defect that it may stop showing the hover balloons (and the workarounds
    >aren't permanent).
    >
    >You can search on "tray clock" at popular download sites (softpedia.com,
    >download.com) for other solutions.


    Thanks for the pointers, I guess there must be an answer out there
    somewhere, I might try a rollback if nothing crops up. Should I find a
    solution elsewhere I'll post it here.



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    bof at bof dot me dot uk
     
  11. bof

    bof Flightless Bird

    In message <hneri5$9f7$1@news.albasani.net>, VanguardLH <V@nguard.LH>
    writes

    >with a 2-row tall Windows taskbar, I've been stuck with time & day-of-week
    >(dow) forever with this setup. I've never seen the "dow, date" format of
    >which you speak. You sure you aren't asking about the balloon that appears
    >when you hover your mouse over the tray clock?



    OK I seem to have solved it the help of this article:
    <http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/60090-35-taskbar-week>
    seems someone posted the same problem here in 2005.



    Looks like my machine somehow configured itself with a custom desktop.
    I'm now back to the default XP desktop and have

    12:27
    Saturday
    13/03/2010

    in a two row taskbar.


    Many thanks to all who responded.



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    bof at bof dot me dot uk
     
  12. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    bof wrote:

    > In message <hneri5$9f7$1@news.albasani.net>, VanguardLH <V@nguard.LH>
    > writes
    >
    >>with a 2-row tall Windows taskbar, I've been stuck with time & day-of-week
    >>(dow) forever with this setup. I've never seen the "dow, date" format of
    >>which you speak. You sure you aren't asking about the balloon that appears
    >>when you hover your mouse over the tray clock?

    >
    > OK I seem to have solved it the help of this article:
    > <http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/60090-35-taskbar-week>
    > seems someone posted the same problem here in 2005.
    >
    > Looks like my machine somehow configured itself with a custom desktop.
    > I'm now back to the default XP desktop and have
    >
    > 12:27
    > Saturday
    > 13/03/2010
    >
    > in a two row taskbar.
    >
    > Many thanks to all who responded.


    That won't work for me. I changed the DPI setting for my screen to 125%
    (from normal of 96 DPI to large of 120 DPI). That makes text easier to
    read. One of the problems with the higher resolutions for monitors is that
    they make the text smaller and gave me headaches squinting at the screen.
    So upping the DPI made the text larger everywhere, including the tray
    clock's text. So that clues me in as to why I only got 2 rows of clock text
    (instead of 3) in a 2-row Windows taskbar.

    I retrialed the Sarbyx tray clock and found one of its skins is actually
    preferrable to tiny text of a 3-row tray clock included in Windows. By
    selecting the Longhorn skin, I get a tray clock that I can immediately read
    rather than squint at those tiny characters. The date and day-of-week are
    still small but bolded so they are still easier to read than the default
    text size for a 3-row tray clock display.

    Higher resolution can be nice but not when it makes me have to wear
    magnifying eyeglasses to use the computer (they actually sell those).
    Eyeglasses also give me a headache when worn for hours and hours.

    I hadn't thought about the font size but it makes sense as to why Windows
    thinks it can't get all 3 rows of text for the tray clock.
     

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