How to Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

1. Right-click on the taskbar clock and select “Adjust date/time”.

2. Select the “Change date and time” option.

3. Select the “Additional Clocks” tab.

4. Check the box next to “Show this clock” and select the time zone you want to display.

5. Select the “Show seconds” checkbox.

6. Click “OK” to save your changes.

Your taskbar clock should now display seconds.

Earlier this year, Microsoft explained in detail why Windows 11 does not show seconds in the Taskbar clock. The major concern is largely performance, as a periodic activity like showing seconds prevents the CPU from going into a low-power state, thus, it eats up a lot of CPU resources. However, there are a large set of power users who want to show seconds in the Windows 11 Taskbar Clock for various different reasons. Interestingly, Microsoft is now testing the ability to show seconds in the Taskbar clock on Windows 11 but on the Insider builds. Nevertheless, if you want to show seconds in the system tray clock on Windows 11, follow our detailed guide below.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

In this tutorial, we have added four different ways to show seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar clock. Based on the Windows 11 build you are running, choose one of the below methods.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Clock via Settings App (Insider Build 25247 and Later)

If you are on the Windows Insider Dev channel (Build 25247 and later), you can show seconds in Windows 11 clock using the Settings app. Microsoft is currently testing this much sought-after feature in the Insider build, and it’s likely to come with the next stable Windows 11 update. So if you are already on the Dev channel, here is how you can show seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock.

1. To open the Windows Settings app, press the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Windows + I“.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

2. Here, move to the “Personalization” section from the left sidebar and click on “Taskbar” in the right pane.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

3. After that, scroll down and expand the “Taskbar behaviors” section. Now, enable the checkbox next to “Show seconds in system tray clock“. That’s it.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

4. You can now see seconds in the system tray clock on Windows 11.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

5. In case you don’t want to show seconds in the Taskbar clock on Windows 11, simply disable the checkbox in the Settings app.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using Registry (Older 2021 Stable Builds)

For most users who are on older Windows 11 stable builds (before 22000.376), they can tweak a Registry value to show seconds in the Windows 11 Taskbar clock. By the way, this method has been blocked on Windows 11 22H2 and newer builds, so if you are on any 2022 stable build, the instructions won’t work. You either need to move to the Dev channel or use a third-party app mentioned in the last section. As for this method, here is how to go about it.

1. Click on the “Search” button in the Taskbar and search for “registry”. Now, open the “Registry Editor” from the search result.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using Registry (Older 2021 Builds)

2. Next, paste the below path into the Registry’s address bar. This will directly take you to the “Advanced” key.

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using Registry (Older 2021 Builds)

3. Once you are here, scroll down on the right pane and look for the “ShowSecondsInSystemClock” entry. Double-click to open it.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using Registry (Older 2021 Builds)

4. Now, change the “Value data” to 1 and click on “OK”. It will ensure that the Windows 11 Taskbar clock starts showing seconds along with the hours and minutes.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using Registry (Older 2021 Builds)

5. Now, close the Registry Editor and restart your PC. This should enable seconds in the Windows 11 Taskbar clock.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using Registry (Older 2021 Builds)

6. In case you want to revert the changes, set the “Value data” to 0 for “ShowSecondsInSystemClock” and restart your computer.

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using Registry (Older 2021 Builds)

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock Using PowerShell

You can also show seconds in the system tray clock on Windows 11 using PowerShell. It basically does the Registry trick, but simply with one command. It will save you a lot of time and hassle, and it only works on older builds as well. Here are the steps to follow.

1. Click on “Search” in the Taskbar and look for “powershell“. Under “Windows PowerShell” in the search results, click on the “Run as administrator” option in the right pane.

ShowSecondsInSystemClock

2. Next, run the below command and hit Enter. This will change the value of “ShowSecondsInSystemClock” to 1.

Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name ShowSecondsInSystemClock -Value 1 -Force
ShowSecondsInSystemClock

3. Now, go ahead and restart your PC. And that’s it! The Taskbar clock in Windows 11 should show seconds as well.

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4. If you want to disable seconds in the clock, run the below command in PowerShell and restart your Windows 11 PC. You are done.

Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name ShowSecondsInSystemClock -Value 0 -Force
ShowSecondsInSystemClock

Show Seconds in Windows 11 Clock Using ElevenClock App

Finally, if the above methods didn’t work on your PC, you can always use a third-party app to personalize things as per your preference. An app called ElevenClock lets you choose different formats for the system tray clock, including the ability to show seconds. Here’s how the app works:

1. Go ahead and download ElevenClock from Microsoft Store (Free) or its GitHub page.

ElevenClock

2. Next, install the ElevenClock app. After that, open the Start menu and click on “ElevenClock Settings“.

ElevenClock

3. Here, scroll down and expand the “Date and Time Settings” section.

ElevenClock

4. Now, enable the “Show seconds on the clock” option, and you are done.

ElevenClock

5. You should now see a new clock with seconds on Windows 11’s Taskbar.

ElevenClock

6. If you no longer want to use ElevenClock, press “Windows + R” and type appwiz.cpl and hit Enter. This will directly open the Programs and Features page under the Control Panel on Windows 11.

appwiz.cpl

7. Now, go ahead and look for “ElevenClock”. Then, right-click on the app’s name and uninstall it.

uninstall ElevenClock

Enable Seconds in System Tray Clock on Windows 11

So these are the steps you need to follow to show seconds in the system tray clock on Windows 11. While the stable release is still far away, I recommend using the Registry hack or installing the third-party app. Moreover, if you wish to customize the Windows 11 Taskbar, go check out the linked guide. And to disable the Weather Widget on Windows 11, follow our detailed tutorial. Finally, if you have any queries, do let us know in the comment section below.

How to Show Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock (2022)

Windows 11 is the latest version of the Windows operating system, and it comes with a lot of new features. One of these features is the ability to show the seconds in the taskbar clock. This can be a useful feature for those who need to keep track of time more accurately. In this article, we will show you how to enable the seconds in the Windows 11 taskbar clock.

Step 1: Open the Settings App

The first step is to open the Settings app. You can do this by pressing the Windows key + I on your keyboard. This will open the Settings app.

Step 2: Go to Time & Language

Once the Settings app is open, click on the “Time & Language” option. This will open the Time & Language settings page.

Step 3: Select the Clock Tab

On the Time & Language settings page, click on the “Clock” tab. This will open the Clock settings page.

Step 4: Enable the Seconds Option

On the Clock settings page, you will see an option to “Show seconds in the clock”. Check the box next to this option to enable it. This will enable the seconds in the taskbar clock.

Step 5: Enjoy the Seconds in the Taskbar Clock

Once you have enabled the seconds in the taskbar clock, you will be able to see the seconds in the taskbar clock. This can be a useful feature for those who need to keep track of time more accurately.

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