How to Display Seconds in the System Clock in Windows 10

How to Display Seconds in the System Clock in Windows 10

Windows 10’s system clock does more than just tell you the current time—you can use it to quickly check the time in other parts of the world, set an alarm, or even use your PC as a timer when cooking. And if you like to know exactly how much time has passed between events, Windows 10 gives you the option to show seconds as well as minutes and hours in the system clock window on your desktop or taskbar. Here’s how to turn that setting on or off so you can decide if you need it or not.


Step 1: Right click on your desktop and choose Personalize.

If you want to display seconds in your system clock in Windows 10, you’ll need to take a few quick steps.

First, right click on your desktop and choose Personalize from the drop-down menu.

Second, click on the Clock tab near the bottom of the window that pops up.

Third, check the box next to Show seconds in system tray clock.

Fourth, click on the OK button.

Fifth, open up the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start Menu.

Sixth, type control panel into the search bar at the top of the screen and press Enter or Return.

Seventh, find Adjust date/time under Date and Time in Control Panel.

Eighth, select Change date/time settings from this menu and follow the prompts to set up your desired time zone preferences.

Ninth, use the drop-down menus to adjust whether or not you want daylight savings enabled for each applicable period (standard time, summer time). Finally,  hit Save changes if you are satisfied with your selections, or Cancel if you would like to start over. Once these steps are complete, your system clock will show the current second count and all future times displayed will also show their corresponding seconds as well!


Step 2: Click on Lock screen at the bottom.

  1. Click on Lock screen at the bottom.
  2. This will open up the Screen Saver Settings window.
  3. In the Screen Saver Settings window, click on the drop-down menu next to On resume, display login screen and select Never.
  4. Now click on OK at the bottom of the window to save your changes.
  5. Close the Screen Saver Settings window and you’re all set!
  6. Your system clock will now display seconds by default.
  7. You can customize this by opening the Region and Language settings from Control Panel and clicking on Additional settings.
  8. Underneath Languages, go to Language preferences and under Time, check Show time as: 24 hours or 12 hours with a checkmark next to it for 12 hour format or 24 hour format for 24 hour format.
  9. Once you are done making your selections, hit Apply then OK to save these changes.


Step 3: Choose Screen time out.

  1. Choose Screen time out.

We’re almost there! The next step is to choose how long you want your screen to stay on before it times out and goes dark.

To do this, head back to the System page in the Settings app, and select Display from the left-hand menu.

Scroll down a bit, and under Screen timeout after, select how long you want your screen to stay on before it goes dark. You can set the amount of time in seconds, minutes, or hours. It defaults to one minute but you can change that if you need to for any reason. When finished making changes, tap or click Apply at the bottom of the window. If all went well, you should now see seconds displayed in the system clock every 60 seconds.


Step 4: Select Never when it comes to turning off screen after you stop using it.

If you’re someone who wants to keep a closer eye on the time, or if you need to be more precise with timing something, you can display seconds in your system clock in Windows 10. It’s a simple setting to change and only takes a few moments. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings. You can do this by pressing the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Lock screen on the left side of the window.
  4. Under Screen timeout after, select Never from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the window.
  6. That’s it! From now on, you’ll see the time including both hours and minutes as well as seconds in your system clock.


Step 5: Now, you have time to see hours, minutes, and even seconds in the time format shown above.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Then type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Next, you need to find this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\\Time Zones\\ (If you can’t find it, create it)
  3. In the right pane of Time Zones, right-click GMT Standard Time, and then click Duplicate Entry.
  4. Now, you should see a copy of GMT Standard Time (copy) appear in the right pane. Double-click it to open its properties window. Change Value data from 3 to 0, and then click OK. You now have seconds displayed on your system clock! I hope this helped you fix any issues with how long it takes for your computer to display the correct time after waking up or restarting. I also wanted to mention that you can use this procedure to customize the date and time format that is shown when Windows starts.


You will want to change the following registry keys: Key = HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\NtpServer

Value = Name Type Data as decimal number by typing .000000 instead of 0000003: Sunday 09, 15 17 AM Eastern Daylight Time1.000000 = Eastern Daylight Time0.000000 = Eastern Daylight Standard Time2.000000 = Central Daylight Savings Time 4.000000 = Pacific Daylight Savings Time6.000000 = Alaska Standard Time8.000000 = Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time 11.000000 = Midway Island Time12.000000 = Samoa Standard Time13.000000 = Chamorro Standard Time14.000000 = Guam Standard Time15.000000 = Nome Standard Time 16.000000 = Sakhalin Standard Time17.000000 = Kamchatka Standard Time18.000000 = Tomsk Standard Time19.000000 = Magadan Standard Time20.000000 = Anadyr Standard Time21.000000 = Yakutsk Standard Time22.000000= International Date Line West23= Eastward.

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