Activate time with seconds in Windows 10 Taskbar

The Windows time display in the Windows taskbar  or Windows taskbar is known to every Windows user. By default, the current date and time are displayed there in the format “hours: minutes”. Unfortunately, the seconds are not displayed and this can be annoying in some conditions or it could help if the seconds were also present.

Windows 10 Anniversary second display

Microsoft has improved this time option and now enables Windows 10 users to activate the Windows seconds display . However, this only works since the Windows 10 1607 Anniversary version, which was released in July 2016. We want to show you here how easily and quickly you can activate the display of the seconds .

To do this, simply open the Windows registry editor “regedit.exe” and maneuver to the following key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced

We have already pointed out several times that you can simplify and accelerate the jump to certain registry keys with the “regjump.exe” tool .

showsecondsinsystemclock-time-with-seconds display

In this key you have a new value with the name


invest. This value must be created as a 32-bit DWORD . This is also the case with 64-bit Windows 10 operating systems. After you have created the value, you must assign it the value “1” .

There are two ways of making the changes active.

  1. You start on the Task Manager “Windows Explorer” new
  2. You log out of your Windows 10 system once and log in again.

After that, the change is active and your Windows 10 taskbar is richer by the seconds in the time.

windows-10-tray-time-with-seconds display

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