This annoying Chromebook quirk is about to get fixed — new feature coming soon

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After rising requests over the past few years to add the date on a Chromebook's status bar, Chrome OS is finally updating to add the feature, along with showing important notifications. Honestly, we're surprised it wasn't there in the first place.

As seen on the Chromebook Help Community page, the issue had been raised back in 2018, with the only way to see the date being to hover your mouse over the clock on the status bar.

A flag is set to be available soon through chrome://flags or Chrome OS Canary for a 'scalable status area', which shows the date appearing in the corner of the status bar next to the battery indicator, as seen on 9to5Google. However, according to the flag, this will only work when "the screen is sufficiently large."

According to Google, this means that only displays with more than 1280 pixels wide will show the date on the status bar. It's one step at a time, we suppose, but the new feature is still in testing, so this could eventually be added to Chromebooks of all sizes.

That's not all, as ChromeOS will also add important notification icons to the status bar, which includes low-battery warnings or a Caps Lock indicator. As for when to expect the status bar update, ChromeOS 90 is set to arrive this April.

There's a lot that the best Chromebooks get right, but there are still infuriating little details that make first-time Chromebook users grumpy — which is exactly what happened to us.  

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.