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Built-in World Clock Date Formats

You can control how the date is displayed in World Clock, and whether it is displayed at all, using built-in date formats. These formats are listed in the Date field on the Time and date display options page in clock Preferences.

Date format is defined on the "Time and date display options" page in clock Preferences
Date format is defined on the "Time and date display options" page in clock Preferences

As each clock has its own Time and date display options, it is possible to display the date and time differently, depending on clock.

A list of available date formats in World Clock
A list of available date formats in World Clock

Note: you can type your own date format into the Date box if none of the built-in formats suits you.

Built-in Date Formats

  • None - date is not displayed at all. This is the default option.
"None" date format - no date on clock
"None" date format - no date on clock

  • d.MM.yy - day of month without leading zero followed by double-digit month and year. The values are separated by dot.
"d.MM.yy" date format
"d.MM.yy" date format

  • dd.MM.yyyy - 2-digit day of month, 2-digit month, 4-digit year separated by dot.
"dd.MM.yyyy" date format
"dd.MM.yyyy" date format

  • \ndd.MM.yyyy - 2-digit day of month, 2-digit month, 4-digit year, displayed on a separate line, when there is enough vertical space in taskbar for an additional line. When there is not enough vertical room, the values are displayed on one line.
"\ndd.MM.yyyy" date format
"\ndd.MM.yyyy" date format

  • yyyy/MM/dd - 4-digit year, 2-digit month, 2-digit day of month separated by forward slash.
"yyyy/MM/dd" date format
"yyyy/MM/dd" date format

  • d MMM - day of month without leading zero followed by short month name.
"d MMM" date format
"d MMM" date format

  • MMM d - short month name followed by day of month without leading zero.
"MMM d" date format
"MMM d" date format

  • ddd - short day of week name.
"ddd" date format
"ddd" date format

  • ddd d - short day of week name followed by day of month (no leading zero).
"ddd d" date format
"ddd d" date format

  • ddd d MMM - short day of week name followed by day of month without leading zero followed by short name of month.
"ddd d MMM" date format
"ddd d MMM" date format

  • ddd MMM d - short weekday name followed by short month name followed by day of month without leading zero.
"ddd MMM d" date format
"ddd MMM d" date format

  • dddd - full weekday name.
"dddd" date format
"dddd" date format

  • dddd\nM/dd/yy - full weekday name, then month number without leading zero, 2-digit day of month, and 2-digit year separated by forward slash on 3 separate lines, if there is enough vertical space in taskbar. When there is not enough room, everything gets displayed on a single line.
"dddd\nM/dd/yy" date format in a wide taskbar
"dddd\nM/dd/yy" date format in a wide taskbar

"dddd\nM/dd/yy" date format in a narrow taskbar
"dddd\nM/dd/yy" date format in a narrow taskbar

  • Week w - work week number.
"Week w" date format
"Week w" date format

World Clock Date Formatters

World Clock understands the following date formatters in the Date control on Time and date display options. You can type in your own date formatter using the following notations.
  • dddd – day of the week, full word (eg "Friday")
  • ddd – day of the week, abbreviated (eg "Fri")
  • dd – numerical day of the month, with leading zero if single digit (eg "01" for the first of the month)
  • d – numerical day of the month with without leading zero (eg "1" for the first of the month)
  • MMMM – month, full word (eg "January")
  • MMM – month, abbreviated word (eg "Jan")
  • MM – numerical month with leading zero (eg "01" for January)
  • M – numerical month without leading zero (eg "1" for January)
  • yyyy – four digit year (eg "2015")
  • yy – last two digits of year (eg "15")
  • ww – numerical week of the year with leading zero
  • w – numerical week of the year without leading zero
  • wd - weekday number, starts from 0 (eg "0" for Sunday, "1" for Monday if week starts on Sunday)
  • wD - weekday number, starts from 1 (eg "1" for Sunday, "2" for Monday if week starts on Sunday)
  • \n – places any following information on the next line. Note that this will only work if there is room (in taskbar) to display another line.

Own Format Examples for Date

Suppose we want to output a date, such as Aug 28 on a separate line below the time. In Preferences, on the Time and date display options page for a clock, enter \nMMM dd into the Date field. The "\n" here is for a separate line, "MMM" is a short notation for month, and "dd" represents day of month.

Creating own format for a date string on a separate line
Creating own format for a date string on a separate line


Clock in taskbar with owner format for date
Clock in taskbar with owner format for date


Let's do another example by printing week and weekday numbers. Suppose we want to know which week of the year we are in, and also a digital representation of the weekday. We can use \nWeek ww.wd date formatter. "Week" here is just a label, the real formatting is done in "ww.wd" part.

Creating own format for a work week on a separate line
Creating own format for a work week on a separate line


Clock in taskbar with owner format for work week
Clock in taskbar with owner format for work week

In the above example 35.5 means London is in 35th workweek of the year, currently on day 5 of it (Friday).

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