Displaying a Calendar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 25, 2018)


You've probably already noticed that Windows displays the current date and time at the right side of the desktop's Taskbar, in the Notifications area. What you may not know is that you can display a full calendar that allows you to easily check the date and see dates for any month. All you need to do is click the date and time, in the Notifications area, and the calendar and clock are displayed.

Note, as well, that the calendar (which shows the current month) has arrow controls next to the month name. You can click these and easily move backward or forward one month. If you ever want to jump back to today's date, just click today's date at the top of the calendar.

With Windows 10 you can now include either the traditional or simplified Chinese lunar calendar in the Taskbar calendar. To enable either of the Chinese lunar calendars follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner. Windows displays the Start screen.
  2. Click on the Settings button (it looks like a small gear). Windows displays the Settings dialog box.
  3. Click on the Time & Language option. Windows displays the Date & Time window of the Settings dialog box.
  4. Under Show Additional Calendars in the Taskbar, choose the calendar you want added to the Taskbar calendar.
  5. Close the Settings dialog box; the change takes effect immediately.

Now if you click on the Taskbar calendar you will see the added Chinese calendar information. When you are done working with the calendar, you can press Esc, again click the date and time in the Notification area, or simply click someplace else on your desktop. The full calendar is hidden, but remains available if you later need it.

 This tip (10724) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is one more than 8?

2018-06-25 13:38:24

Theodore Duke

If you use Word's (Word 10) calendar frequently, you can add it to the shortcut icons in the upper part of the ribbon.

(see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. Word's shortcuts in ribbon

2018-06-25 08:29:36


Jon: The first two paragraphs apply to 7, 8, and 10. ("All you need to do is click the date and time, in the Notifications area, and the calendar and clock are displayed.")

The last part (starting with "With Windows 10 you can now...") is Windows 10 specific, as it applies to only a particular type of calendar (the two Chinese calendars described). Those are not available in Windows 7 or 8.

Hope that helps.


2018-06-25 07:00:09

jon halsey

" This tip (10724) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10."
Instructions given for Win10 only. How is Win 7 Calendar accessed?

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