Oulook date

I’ve often puzzled over why MS Outlook doesn’t show the day of the week in the date line in Calendar:

Outlook 2003 -- old view

Today I did a search in Google Groups to find out if I could change this (you would think!) and discovered that this is linked the Long Date Format in Control Panel | Regional and Language Options.

On my PC (Windows XP Pro) under “Regional Options” I press the Customize… button, and then select the “Date” tab. At the bottom of this window is the “Long date” box, the default (for the UK) being “dd MMMM yyyy”. When I entered: “dddd dd MMMM yyyy” and clicked Apply I was presented with “Tuesday 18 January 2005”, and on opening MS Outlook 2003 saw the following:

Outlook 2003 -- new view

The full list of options can be found on the Global Development section of Microsoft.com. The ‘dddd’ is the code for full day of the week name, while ‘dd’ is the date in two-numeral format. Good stuff!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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