How to Show Date on Chromebook Taskbar

Your Chromebook can now display the date on the system tray or taskbar. In this article, we will learn how to show the date on the Chromebook taskbar.

The date on Chromebook Taskbar

Enable Show Date in Tray

As a work-in-progress feature, you will need to enable an experimental flag to try this out.

  1. Open a new tab and go to chrome://flags
  2. Search and locate the “Enable Show Date in Tray” flag.
  3. From the drop-down, select Enabled.
  4. Restart your Chromebook.

After the restart, you should see today’s date on your Chromebook system tray. The system tray is the area on the lower right-hand corner of your Chromebook screen.


Now that we can show dates on the Chromebook desktop, I would also love to see a calendar widget.

I tried clicking the date after enabling this new feature, hoping that it will open a calendar. However, looks like we don’t have that ability yet.

Is there any other small feature similar to this you wish your Chromebook had? Let me know in the comments section below.

20 responses to “How to Show Date on Chromebook Taskbar”

  1. Vincent Ree

    So just to be clear, NOT in the Stable channel, right?

    1. Dinsan – Bangalore, India – Digital Minimalist & Content Developer. Drinks Tea and writes Stuff (mostly about Chromebooks). My views are mostly copied from others.

      Yes, sorry, I forgot to mention that.

    2. I’m using the Stable channel at v90 on a Pixelbook, and this flag is present and the feature does work.

      1. 29th April I cannot find this flag on the stable channel.

  2. You are correct.

  3. Vincent Ree

    Thanks Dinsan. I really appreciate all your efforts. You are my go-to for Chromebook news.

  4. Vincent Ree

    Thanks. I got 90 on my Chromebook after I posted that comment.

  5. Hmm, I have version 90.0.4430.100 and, chrome://flags#emeable-show-date-in-tray is enabled.
    After multiple reboots, the date does not show in the tray. Must be why it’s labeled experimental.

    It is plausible that there is some limit on how much space the tray can occupy — mine has a few links placed there by some android apps.

  6. Robert M. Papillion

    ❝Is there any other small feature similar to this you wish your Chromebook had?❞

    Yes. My Chromebook has a Screen Lock button that is redundant to the shelf’s menu action. So, since I don’t really need the physical button, I’d really like to be able to reassign the Search/Launcher key to it. That way, I could have the default Search/Launcher key free for me to reassign as the Caps Lock key, as nature intended.

  7. along with the date, I would like the actual day and time. tapping the date and getting the calendar sounds fantastic. keep up the good work

    thanks, Debbie

  8. Appears to have been removed in 97.0.4692.77. 🙁

    1. Yes, it was removed. Hopefully, it comes back with the 99 update when (if) the Google Calendar quick view is made stable.

    2. It has, but, if you enable the flag “chrome://flags#calendar-view”, you will get the date back as well as a calendar for the month if you click on this date. You can scroll through the months with the up/down arrows at the top of the calendar and you can “go back” to the regular info box with the “back” arrow in the upper left corner of the calendar. You’re not able to actually select a date on the calendar to look at appointments but this is a start. Hopefully, with Chrome OS 99, the calendar will be fully functional.

      1. You are the best it was removed but with your trick it has came back , thanks a lot for the lift

  9. Thanks Charles, I got the date to display by going to the beta OS 99.0.4844.23 and running your command in Chrome “chrome://flags#calendar-view” but only on my external monitor?

    Safe to stay in beta when will this feature be incorporated into the stable channel?

  10. chrome://flags#calendar-view doesn’t appear to be available now also.

  11. WhisperingSage – Custom graphic designer, logos, websites, photo restoration, and colorization.

    The “Show Date” feature is not listed. I really could use that feature on the task bar.

  12. Did what VJR says in Version 100.0.4896.54 (Official Build) beta (32-bit) with no problem

  13. roywalle

    I’ve had it working since it was listed here but now it hasn’t worked for a few weeks now. I don’t know since when but now on the stable channel Version 100.0.4896.133 it is no longer available.

  14. “chrome://flags#calendar-view” worked for me. Shows month and day (Ex: Jun14)

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