Windows 10: Show Date in Taskbar with Small Taskbar Buttons

Well, this is kinda stupid, but it still took me too much time to figure it out.

I installed Windows 10 and activated the “use small taskbar buttons” checkbox in the TaskBar properties. Then I changed the taskbar location to be left, going from the top left corner of my screen to the bottom left corner.

My problem was that the clock only showed the time but not the date:


Some research (in the wrong places) revealed that it had to do with the “use small taskbar buttons” setting. The problem is that I want small taskbar buttons AND see time & date.

And here comes the stupid part:

As soon as you switch to small taskbar buttons, the taskbar is no longer wide enough to show the date and therefore just omits it. The solution is really simple:

  1. Right-click the TaskBar and make sure that “Lock all taskbars” is UNchecked
  2. Drag the right edge of the taskbar just to make it slightly wider
  3. *PLOP* the date shows up.
  4. (Right-click the TaskBar and activate “Lock all taskbars”)


I hope someone in the world wide web can benefit from this post and save some minutes, hours, days or at least some nerves.  🙂

  • Malcolm Hayes

    Sir, you are a genius. Thank you so much for pointing me to that unlocking the task bar tip to enlarge and to accommodate the date with the time on my Win 10. So many of my other ‘ Googles’ to seek help on this proved utterly fruitless.
    You’re a star and my hero forever (or something like that).


  • Manuel

    *blush* Love to help!

  • Andres Sierra

    Thanks! Still not the perfect fix for me, but is better, as I want to use small taskbar buttos AND the taskbar on the bottom. The tClock app used to work on W7 but now I couldn’t make it work on W10. Thanks again. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a384025f6ea22c97b24aa63212142c6b329223ca13150075c64c5af4fb46a6b.png