How to Make the Taskbar Clock Display Seconds in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 02-10-2017

Did you know that you can add a little more info to the clock widget in the Taskbar by having it display seconds?


By default, you can click the time display and the resulting popup will show the time with seconds. But you might prefer to have them show all the time, for accurate time measurement or just because you like customizing your Taskbar Windows 10 Taskbar Customization: The Complete Guide Here's how to customize the Windows 10 taskbar with built-in settings, handy tricks, and third-party software. Read More . Note that this method only works on Windows 10.

Start by opening the Registry Editor. Type regedit into the Start Menu and launch the utility. Accept the administrator prompt and you’ll arrive in the Registry. As usual, make sure to be careful How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry Working with the Windows registry? Take note of these tips, and you'll be much less likely to do lasting damage to your PC. Read More when you’re in here.

Use the left tree to drill down to this location:


Right-click on the Advanced folder in the left sidebar. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit Value). Give it the following name:


Next, double-click this value in the right panel. In the Value data field, set its value to 1. Click OK to save your change, then you can close the Registry Editor. After you log off and sign back in to your account, you’ll see seconds showing in the clock.


If you ever decide you want to remove the seconds, head back to this Registry location. You can either change the new key’s value to 0 or just delete it.

Need the most accurate time on your PC? Check out how to set up an atomic clock sync How to Make All Your PC Times Match With an Atomic Clock Sync How do you ensure that your computer clock is accurate? We show you how your system clock works, how to customize its settings, and what to do if it starts displaying the incorrect time. Read More .

Do you use the clock in Windows often? Does having seconds help you or do you not need exact time tracking? Tell us down in the comments!

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Taskbar, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Coldfish01
    October 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I would suggest the Tool "T-Clock". There you can define every date/time format you wish. Including calendar weeks. For example: 'H:nn "Uhr" (ss)\n dd mmm, KW Wi'

    Also you have a way better calendar (under options "miscellaneous")
    For free and no admins rights are needed for the installation.