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How to use the new calendar in Windows 7 and Vista

Tips for maximizing the benefits of the new clock/calendar in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

One of the most useful facilities in Windows has been the system tray clock on the right-hand corner of your screen.

The system tray clock has been there since Windows 95 and while you may naturally view it now as the same convenient time telling gadget that has always been there for you, in Windows Vista and Windows 7 it has added features that make it even more useful and productive.

The following are a few tips and tricks that can help you maximize the benefits of the new system clock/claendar in Windows Vista and Windows 7:
  • Hover your mouse over the system tray clock to immediately tell the date (this feature is available since in Windows XP and Windows 200 as well). A small window with the weekday, month, day in the month and the year will pop up and will remain there until you move your mouse away from the clock.

    Hover your mouse over the system tray clock

  • Click on the system tray clock to uncover the hidden calendar as a quick way to check dates other than today's:
    •   To check dates in the future or past as well, click the left and right arrows surrounding the month. 
    •   The day and date at the top of the pop-up window looks like a hyperlink and is indeed a convenient shortcut that takes back to today when you click it.

      Calendar normal view

    •   The month-and-year text between the left and right arrows looks like an ordinary text but it is actually a smart hyperlink:
    •   Click the month-and-year text once to zoom the calendar out to view all months:

      All months view

    •   Click the year text between the arrows to zoom out to view recent and upcoming years:

      12 years view

    •   Click the year-range text to view entire decades:

      Decades view  

    • Click day and date at the top to return back to today's normal view.

Now... Can you tell on which day of the week will July 4, 2023 fall?  :-)

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