How to view the date in Microsoft Windows

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

To view the date in Microsoft Windows 95 or later without clicking, place your mouse cursor over the time in the Windows notification area (systray). A balloon pop-up appears that displays the computer's date.

Alternate method

You can also double-click the time to open the Date/Time Properties window, which displays the date, time, and a calendar.

Can I change how the date and time are displayed?

Users who want to change the way Microsoft Windows displays the time and date need to download a third-party program. The default installation of Windows does not provide any tools to change this feature's appearance.


Later versions of Windows show both the date and time in the notification area.

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