Adding the Date and more to the Menubar in OS X

Feb 13, 2007 - 4 Comments

The Finder icon of Mac OS X Here’s a tip submitted to us by a reader, Steve: You can customize the menubar clock (upper right corner) to include more than just the time, but Apple doesn’t put the option in the Date & Time prefs.

Instead, launch the System Preferences, and visit the “Internationl” preference pane, followed by the ‘Formats’ tab… next click the “Customize” button in the Times pane.

Here you can alter the appearance of the Time format, add the date (in a format you specify), or add a custom message.

Emoji in the menu bar clock

Depending on what version of OS X you are running, the exact parameters might be a little different but it’s the same concept.

To show the Date, extract the Date info from the International -> Formats -> Dates pane.

You just hit the customize button, then paste the Items you want to show. You can even add in static text if you want to, like OSXDAILY Rules! or something to that effect.

The end result can really be anything you want, you can see what I did quickly to demonstrate the effect.

Thanks for the tip idea Steve!

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  1. It does not work. I have a MacBook with OS X 10.4.8 and I followed the instructions actually as specified and I still have the regular clock info.

  2. Charles says:

    I do not recommend this “trick” at all because this will affect the date format for files in Finder.

  3. Joe Blow says:

    You have to set the values you want to see in International -> Formats -> Times section (not the dates section) -> Show:Medium. Only medium will affect the display.

    Also, this has no effect on the date format for files in Finder.

  4. Joe Blow says:

    Two more things. Copy and paste values from the Date section into the Times section. If the day of the week shows up, turn it off in the Date & Time preference.

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