How to Display the Date on a Mac Desktop

By Kefa Olang

The menu bar located on the Mac desktop displays a number of components, including the time and status of your network connections. Sometimes you forget the date, especially if you are wrapped up in your computer work. If you cannot see the current date, you can easily customize the settings to display the date on your desktop.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac computer

Step 1

Click the time on the menu bar located on the top of the desktop. Select "Open date and time." Click the "Open International" button.

Step 2

Click the "Formats" tab and click the "Customize" button in the "Dates" section. Select the date style you want to use. Highlight the blue date elements and press "Command" and "C" together to copy the elements. Click "OK."

Step 3

Click the "Customize" button in the "Times" section and click "Medium" from the "Show" drop-down box. Paste the date elements you copied by pressing "Command" and "V" together. Insert spaces or characters in between your date and time. Click "OK" to save the changes. You should see the date on the menu bar located on the desktop.