How to display your Name in Windows Taskbar

With Windows, you can always customize the look and feel of your system. For instance, you can display a name of your choice in the Windows Taskbar just adjacent to the digital time clock – just for the heck of it! Let us see how to go about it.

Display Name in Taskbar

The tip may especially interest the younger set. This fun-tip will let you customize the alphabets appearing after the time numerals in the taskbar. Put your name if you wish!

display-name-windows-taskbar

In Windows 8, press Win+X in combination to bring up the Power Task Menu. From it, choose ‘Control Panel’. Then, selectΒ  Region.

Now, from the ‘Region’ window that appears on your computer screen, select ‘Additional Settings’ button.

Later, from the ‘Customize Format’ window, choose the ‘Time’ tab.

Here, change both the AM and PM letters to any name you wish.

Make sure that the format you are using has “tt” in it.

That is: Time Format = hh:mm:ss tt

Then, simply click on Apply > OK.

display name in taskbar

If you do not like the changes made, reverse them and restore it to default settings by simply clicking on the reset button or by changing it back manually to AM and PM.

In Windows 7, open Control Panel, select Region and Language > Formats tab > Additional settings button and then in the Customize Format windows which opens, select Time tab and follow the above procedure.

Check this post to learn how you can add the day of the week to the taskbar clock and this post to find out how to add Address Bar to Taskbar.

hackerman1 adds in the comments:

You can also switch the order, if you enter “tt hh:mm:ss” in Long time you get your name to the left of the time, with a space between them. If you enter: “HH” instead of “hh” you get the time in 24-hour format.

Matthew Badhan Roy suggests another way:

Create a folder on the desktop with your ur name. Next right-click on the Taskbar and select Toolbar > New toolbar. Browse to this folder and select it. Now you may delete the folder. Your name will appear in the Taskbar.

Another fun tip: Create blank folder names in Windows 8.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

17 Comments

  1. hackerman1

    Here is another cool modification:

  2. Great post Anand. Just to point out that if you use small icons (selected from taskbar properties) this great tip doesn’t work. And within Windows 8.1 it’s just Region in the Control Panel.

  3. hackerman1

    This trick works with small taskbaricons on WS2008-R2, so i assume it also works on W7.

  4. hackerman1

    You can also switch the order, if you enter “tt hh:mm:ss” in Long time you get your name to the left of the time, with a space between them

  5. hackerman1

    You can also switch the order, if you enter “tt hh:mm:ss” in Long time
    you get your name to the left of the time, with a space between them.
    And if you enter: “HH” instead of “hh” you get the time in 24-hour format.

    fx. “tt HH:mm:ss”

    Control Panel ? Region and Language ? Additional settings ? Date

    You can also add the day (Sunday etc.) to the date, add “ddd” to get “Sun”, “dddd” to get “Sunday”

    fx. enter “dddd yy-MM-dd” in Short date to get “Sunday 14-02-16”

    Note: this affects Windows Explorer (the filemanager), it will also show the same “dates”.

  6. Thanks for pointing this out.
    And you are right – editing it to read just Region.

  7. Thanks for giving this idea! πŸ™‚

  8. Guest

    Strange, as when you select Use Small Taskbar Buttons from the Properties (Taskbar and Navigation Properties) it removes the AM and PM from the clock, thus removing any custom text!

  9. Giorgio Torreggiani

    It does not work with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

  10. Jayanta

    For both AM and PM it will display ‘Anand’ then? Classic ‘Aladeen’ problem πŸ˜›
    How about changing into ‘AM Anand’ and ‘PM Anand’ ??

  11. Jim Boyd

    Yes it does…but you have to approach it a bit differently.

    Control Panel > Region and language> Additional Settings>Time and change the AM/PM symbols as above

  12. Simon Child Sr.

    haha, nice trick πŸ˜€

  13. hackerman1

    No, it works with small icons, at least on WS2008-R2.
    I just checked.
    Both in 12 & 24-hour mode, with the name both before and after the time.
    So it should work on W7 too.

  14. Rakila

    WoW! πŸ˜€ Thank you for this nice tip Anand sir….!!

  15. TONTHAT

    A nice little trick that gives a big smile. Bravo.

  16. Giorgio Torreggiani

    I have tried this according to the instructions. When I write some Chinese Characters, nothing has happened.

  17. Dr Nitin Paranjape

    Yes Jayanta. It works. That is actually the correct way of doing it. And it also works on Windows 8 with Small Taskbar Buttons.

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