The menu bar in macOS Catalina, with an expanded clock dropdown that shows the current date.

With default settings, the clock on macOS Catalina shows the current day of the week and the current time. You can click the clock to reveal the full date.

In the Big Sur update, this dropdown seems to have vanished, instead opening notification center on interaction.

I don't want to see the full date at all times. It takes up space in the dock, and most of the time the full date is not really relevant information. I would prefer to be able to use the old behavior if possible.

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    This is a *development beta" not even a "public beta." See this post re: Beta questions But it's going to have issues. Apple has issued this release so you can either test your app with it and to solicit feedback as to it's functionality. If this is an issue, you need to provide developer feedback. – Allan Jul 22 '20 at 14:42
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    @Allan This isn't a bug report. I'm asking if the functionality was moved to some other location or if there is a workaround (that doesn't involve changing the default settings). – Cassidy Bandy Jul 22 '20 at 14:50
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    You're missing what I'm saying - looking for solutions/workarounds/etc. is futile at this point because it will all change - this is not a released product. When you download a beta product you agree to do two things - 1) not disclose anything and 2) report issues and provide feedback. – Allan Jul 22 '20 at 14:52
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    I don't think you want to acknowledge what a beta is. Did you read the link and the associated answers? – Allan Jul 22 '20 at 15:02
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    I can see your point with not wanting to flood the site with beta questions that will be fixed in the future, it makes perfect sense. This being a breach of contract, not so much. In any case, this really isn't the place to discuss this, sorry to make a fuss. I have already reported this as an issue with the feedback app, but I was wondering if anyone knowing something I didn't, be this an oversight that will be fixed before release or not. – Cassidy Bandy Jul 22 '20 at 15:21

The option is there, Preferences -> Dock & Menu Bar -> Clock and select "Show Date".

  • Hi, thanks for your answer. In the question I stated that "I'm aware that it is possible to show the date permanently by changing the settings for the clock, but I don't want to always see the date.", so this doesn't actually answer the question. – Cassidy Bandy Oct 8 '20 at 6:25
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    @CassidyBandy your question makes less sense the more I ponder what you want to do. “I don't want to always see the date. Is there a way to see the full date” here is the answer to show it when you want and hide it when you don’t. – bmike Nov 6 '20 at 1:10
  • @bmike I don't want to see the date at all times, since it takes up space in the dock. If I want to see the date, I used to be able to click the clock area to show me expanded details. This is no longer possible with Big Sur since they got rid of this menu. – Cassidy Bandy Nov 7 '20 at 12:19
  • But that’s not what people reading your question understand @CassidyBandy I’m not arguing that you can’t want this, just pointing out the question and your comment here about dock aren’t entirely clear. – bmike Nov 7 '20 at 12:24
  • @bmike I have updated the question so it should be a bit easier to understand now – Cassidy Bandy Nov 21 '20 at 16:54

You can not enable this anymore. I recommend a widget or other way to make it visible if you depended on this in the past.

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