Date not visible in menu bar.

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  1. PaulFXH macrumors member

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    I'm using OS X 10.5 on a one-y-o MacBook.
    When I configure the Time in the upper screen panel, I always ensure that the box marked "Show date and time in the menu bar" is checked.
    However, what I get is the time and the day of the week. I don't get any indication of the date (August 26, 2008) unless I click on the time.
    Is there any way to get the date to be permanently visible?:)
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    No, but your iCal icon in the Dock will always show the correct date.
     
  3. PaulFXH thread starter macrumors member

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    Amazingly, I had never noticed that the iCal icon showed the correct date.
    Thanks for pointing this out.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Very simple hack:
    Go to System Preferences --> International --> Formats

    In 'Dates' select customize and select Full. It should look like this:
    [​IMG]

    Now edit the text until it looks like this:
    [​IMG]

    Click on January to select Jan. and Saturday to select Sat. Now select everything and cut it. Then click Cancel.

    In 'Times' select customize and choose how you want the time to look. Then paste the date you cut like this:
    [​IMG]

    When you're done, click okay and it should now looks like this:
    [​IMG]

    Hope this is what you're looking for.
     
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Another approach that I use is to simply not use the Apple supplied menu bar clock and rather use the free iStat Menus that includes a nice clock/date module (which shows the date) along with a lot more modules to monitor your system. You can choose to use or not use each module from the iStat Menus preferene pane so you can get just what you want/need in your menu bar.

    Check it out at http://www.islayer.com/index.php?op=item&id=28
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The issue with iStat is it will take up additional system resources and increase the boot times.
     
  7. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Guess I'll have to take your word on that- the only two processes I can find (iStatMenusProces and iStat menus Helper) on my machine are both 0.0% of CPU. And they only use 696K and 2.8Mb of real memory.

    And I can't imagine a tiny thing like that adding even slightly noticeably to the boot time, but different strokes I guess right? ;)
     
  8. brand macrumors 601

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    If you say so. With the MBP you have there virtually wouldn't be any difference in boot time and there is no way you could tell without a specialized utility or a stopwatch timing the boot process.
     
  9. PaulFXH thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks to everybody for these suggestions.
    I have implemented the hack posted by alphaod and this worked perfectly -- exactly what I was looking for.:)
     
  10. mbooth macrumors newbie

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    I implemented that hack too. Neat trick!
    I also didn't know iCal displayed the current date in it's icon.

    Another reason I love my new mac :D
     
  11. gusious macrumors 65816

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