How To... Display the Date and Time in Mac's Finder Bar

How To... Display the Date and Time in Mac's Finder Bar

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Taryn Williford
Apr 8, 2009

Here's a minor tech pet peeve of mine that maybe some of you relate to: The Finder Bar on my Mac will only show the time and never the date. To display the date, I've got to select and hold the time to show a menu that shows the date. Like I said, it's a minor peeve because I can just look down on my phone for the date if I can't remember. But minor annoyances are the easiest and most satisfying to fix. The 2-minute instructions, via Geek Sugar, are under the jump...

Maybe this was a no-brainer for some of you, but I didn't think that there was an easy, non-hackable, non-downloadable solution like this, Thanks, GeekSugar!

  1. Open up "System Preferences"
  2. Click on "International"
  3. Click "Formats"
  4. Under the dates section, click "Customize"
  5. Under "Show," use the drop-down menu to select "Medium"
  6. Copy the month and date, then hit "Cancel"
  7. Under the "times" section, click "Customize"
  8. Under "Show," use the drop-down menu to select "Medium"
  9. Paste the month and date at the end of the time format
  10. Click "OK"

Now you should see the month and day just to the right of the time in your Finder Bar.

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