Get a Calendar in the Mac OS X Menu Bar with Day-O, a Date & Time Replacement

Nov 3, 2011 - 24 Comments

Day-O Clock and Calendar Menu Bar Replacement for Mac OS X

One of my longstanding peeves with Mac OS X is the lack of a pull-down calendar in the menubars default Date & Time settings. If you click on the time, instead of seeing something useful like a calendar or more date/time details, you just have options to set an analog clock or open Preferences. I’ll stop complaining, because now a little app called Day-O solves that problem. Day-O offers an attractive and functional replacement to OS X’s Date & Time, plus it’s free to download.

For best results (as in, not having two clocks), I’d recommend disabling the default clock and just using Day-O, here’s how to do that:

  1. Open “System Preferences” from the  Apple menu
  2. Choose “Date & Time” under the ‘System’ group
  3. Click on the “Clock” tab and uncheck the box next to “Show date and time in menu bar”

Now you won’t need to open up iCal every time you just want to see what day of the week a certain falls on. And yes, you can disable the little miniature date icon too.

Day-O is a free menu bar calendar and clock replacement for Mac OS X

Random trivia: the app is named after a Harry Belefonte song. Nice find by DaringFireball

Update: The app is still free to download but the developer stopped the direct download link. Go to the website and you can still get it for free. Sorry for the inconvenience, we reached out to the dev and are waiting to hear back.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. niva says:

    MagiCal is simple and versatile menubar calendar free app.

  2. Davif says:

    Same here. I got fed up with the necessity to open the Calendar and wait for a few seconds just in order to see the days of the month.

  3. max says:

    i have tried this, Calendar Qbits and Fantastical.

    Fantatsical is by far the best! Just allow its entry in keychain, if needed.

  4. Jared says:

    How is your menu bar transparent with white icons?? Please tell

  5. Albert says:

    Does it work with snow leopard?

  6. Edwin says:

    Why no App Store link?

  7. Catarina says:

    The download link doesn’t work! It’s not free anymore??

  8. Nic says:

    Thanks Dr. Death.

  9. Rob says:

    I use Calendar ( and it gets the job done.

  10. Makka says:

    I’ve never cared about a pull-down calendar. I don’t see an added value of an additional pull-down calendar if there’s already a calendar in Dashboard. The calendar in Dashboard is even quicker to access than a pull-down calendar, as Dashboard can be accessed with a simple gesture.

    What I don’t understand is why Apple doesn’t include the number of the week in their calendars.

  11. Hey, but I see you are running iStats, it does that already and more. I even bought it. Yes it’s that good in my opinion.

  12. Alex says:

    Useful app!! Thanks!!

  13. Nic says:

    If you start the date and time format with H you can get a 24 hour clock. But….how can I get the day of week to show?

  14. meli says:

    In Lion, Dashboard doesn’t keep the desktop visible. Is there a way to change that? If so, I’d use the calendar widget for this purpose.

    Like the developer, I previously used MenuCalendarClock. So I’ll give Day-O a shot. Thanks.

  15. weberknechtviagraheld says:

    wallpaper of the first image?

  16. Slix says:

    I simply use Dashboard as my quick calendar. :) One mouse/keyboard press.

  17. Jopi Bakir says:

    If you open date and time preferences you end up with a Calendar that is visible, but that is one additional click. I see you are impatient.

    • Hans says:

      I don’t think that he’s (or most of us for that matter) are impatient because we want an accessible calendar right off our desktop. A user shouldn’t have to navigate to any “System Preferences” or similar spot to check a date and is a great enhancement to the OS X UI.

      • St says:

        Mac user for 17 year – I finally lost my patience today and looked for this, and found it. Bless your heart – I could not live without it another day :)

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