[Tip] Make the Taskbar Clock show seconds in Windows 10

If you’re waiting for a specific hour it can be useful to have a clock that also shows seconds. Since the Taskbar clock is the most convenient way to check the time while in front of your Windows 10 computer, it would be nice if it would also show seconds. While this is not a feature available by default, you can make the Taskbar Clock show seconds in Windows 10.

This is possible starting with Windows 10 build 14393 and for older Windows 10 builds you would need to use third-party apps to make the Taskbar Clock display seconds.

How to make the Taskbar Clock show seconds in Windows 10

If your computer is running Windows 10 build 14393, you don’t need an app to make the Taskbar Clock display seconds. In fact, you just need to perform a simple Registry tweak.

To begin with, open the Registry Editor. To do this, simply right-click the Start button, select Run from the context menu, type in ‘regedit’ without the quote marks and hit the OK button.

Once the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the Registry key below:

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

make the Taskbar Clock show seconds in Windows 10
Now, you will need to create a new 32-bit DWORD value. To do this, right click on the Advanced folder and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) value. Name it ShowSecondsInSystemClock and set its value data to 1.

To apply the changes log out and then log back into your user account or restart Explorer.

From then on, you should be seeing seconds in the Taskbar clock like in the image below:

Do you find it useful to make the Taskbar Clock show seconds in Windows 10? Let us know in the comments section!

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