Options - Clock Tab
Modify how the clock is displayed on your statusbar or toolbar.
- Clock Display section contains a format dropdown with items to indicate the order that the time and/or date appear on your statusbar/toolbar, as well as delimiters between them. Note if you choose the "Time" item (ie. no date), the Date section of this tab becomes disabled, with a special message appearing in Preview textbox at the bottom.
- Time section allows customization of the time portion of your clock display. You can choose a 12 or 24 hour display, the appearance of the AM/PM symbols (for a 12 hour clock) and toggle on/off the seconds portion of the clock display.
- Date section allows customization of the date portion of your clock display. You can choose a preset format, or design your own custom format:
- Preset formats -- choose a preset date format from the dropdown box, and click Insert (to the right). Whatever is in the date Format textbox below is replaced by date format symbols representing this format. The symbols are enclosed in square brackets, and represent a format for a specific part of the date, eg. [w1] is weekday (full), [w2] is weekday (abbreviated). Similarly, [m1] - [m5] represent different month formats, [d1] - [d5] different day formats and [y1] - [y2] different year formats (These symbols can be seen in the Custom dropdowns also). The symbols are then converted to a preview of your format, seen in the Preview textbox. Note the date Format textbox is directly editable, so you can add text, punctuation spacing etc. outside of the [...] symbols. Also, if the date Format textbox becomes empty or contains only whitespace, a warning message is displayed in the Preview textbox (in red text) and the OK button is disabled (no OK button on Mac OS X!).
- Custom format -- build your own format by selecting items from the Weekday, Month, Day, Year and Separators dropdowns, and clicking Insert (to the right). The symbol for that format is inserted at the carat position of the date Format textbox (not necessarily the end) and the date Preview textbox is updated. Manual editing of the date Format textbox is again allowed. Note there is an Undo button to the right of the Format textbox, which removes your last edit. There are 2 special symbols which are mainly for the benefit of some Asian locales, [w3 (1,*)] and [m3 (1,*)]. These select substrings of the weekday and month strings, (n,m) where n is the first character and m is the last (inclusive). The special symbol * as the last char means select "to the end of the string". Also negative numbers are relative to the end of the string, with -1 being the last char, -2 is the second last etc. As an example, with a weekday of "Tuesday", [w3 (1,2)] will select "Tu" while [w3 (-3,*)] will select "day". Ok, here is a test question to see if you were paying attention: How could you exclude the last two characters of the weekday?