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In this how-to guide, learn methods to show seconds in Windows 10 taskbar clock. By default, the clock only displays hour & minutes count.

By default, Windows 10 taskbar clock shows time with hours and minutes only. This means it is missing seconds count on the display. However, when you click on the clock, it displays a fly-out menu which shows seconds count as well.

How To Show Seconds In Windows 10 Taskbar Clock

However, some of the users would like to show seconds count on the taskbar clock itself. Earlier, users need to use third-party tools to achieve this. Realizing this fact, Microsoft has added the ability to show seconds on taskbar clock with V1607 (Anniversary Update) or build 14393 onwards.

You can natively configure a setting or perform a simple registry manipulation, as mentioned below to show seconds in taskbar clock.

FYI: When you allow seconds to display, taskbar clock will work only with 12-hour format.

How To Show Seconds In Windows 10 Taskbar Clock

WAY 1 – Via Settings App

1. Right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Settings.

2. In the Settings app, navigate to Time & Language > Date & time.

3. Under Date & time, click on Change data and time formats link.

How To Show Seconds In Windows 10 Taskbar Clock

4. Finally, select the Short time format as HH:mm:ss. Close Settings app.

How To Show Seconds In Windows 10 Taskbar Clock

That’s it! You should now see that the seconds being displayed on taskbar clock.

WAY 2 – Via Registry

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

How To Show Seconds In Windows 10 Taskbar Clock

3. Now in the right pane of Advanced registry key, right click and select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as ShowSecondsInSystemClock. Double click to modify the DWORD’s Value data:

How To Show Seconds In Windows 10 Taskbar Clock

4. Set the Value data to 1 and click OK. Close Registry Editor and reboot the machine.

After restarting your system, taskbar clock will start displaying seconds too.

How To Show Seconds In Windows 10 Taskbar Clock

Hope you find this guide useful!


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