How to display the date in Mac OS X Menu Bar

“When getting settled into my new MacBook, it quickly became apparent that I did not want to rely on the calendar widget to find the numeric date. I simply wanted to view the date alongside the time in the menu-bar. Unfortunately, this is not an option in the Mac OS X operating system. However, by making some minor modifications, you too can easily display the date in the Mac OS X menu-bar without additional applications,” Macinstruct reports.

Macinstruct reports, “I have been using it for almost a year on all of my Macs and it has worked perfectly!”

Full article with simple instructions (Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger only) here.

MacDailyNews Note: We get this question frequently. Thanks to Macinstruct for their clear instructions. We have also been using this method to display the Day, Date, and Time in our Menu Bars for over a year with no problems.

Related article:
How to get the full date and time in the Mac OS X Menu Bar – December 02, 2005


  1. CDN guy:

    I’m a huge fan of iLife and iWork, but iCal is the one app I haven’t gotten into for a very simple reason: unlike the way I use other apps, I read and write to my calendar all the time, from different places and different devices. Until there is Google Calendar two-way syncing, I’m launching iCal every now and then to get my calendar from Google so it can go on my iPod and phone. But, it’s not worth it for me to be running iCal all the time.

  2. It SHOULD be easier. And, no, the iCal icon is not an adequate substitute. Sometimes my iCal is not running. Besides, my Dock is set to disappear unless I move my cursor to the bottom of the screen (for added screen space on my laptop), so this obviates the need to bother with that. Now I have the best of both.

  3. That trick doesn’t work for me.

    However, I’ve always set the Clock running in the Dock as a start-up item. If you have it formatted as a digital clock, the date is shown very clearly. If your dock icons are small, you can see it magnified by using the genie effect if you have it enabled.

  4. for some reason it only worked for me if I selected the Long date version, not the medium one.. Also, since weekday is already showing ?spontaneously in the time display in the menu bar, I had to take that out of my template. Yes, something crashed for me too while I was trying different configurations..

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