With a simple trick, you can see the seconds tick by on the Windows 10 desktop clock
A useful, interesting and curious hidden trick applicable only in Windows 10 is the one that allows you to view the passing of seconds on the desktop clock. As we can see, the clock at the bottom right of the Windows PC screen shows the hours and minutes; only by clicking on it you can also view the seconds.
Thanks to a small change it is now possible to view the passing of the seconds in the clock that appears at the bottom (right or left depending on how the taskbar is placed) on the Windows 10 desktop and then see the precise time per second .
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First of all, in Windows 10, it is important to know that you can slightly customize how the date and time is displayed on the desktop. To do this, open Settings and then Date / Time and Language . Then press, at the bottom right, on Date, time and regional format settings and then press the Change data format link to choose the date and clock format. However, you will notice that while the short date format can be changed to see the day of the week and month in letters , there is no option for the time other than the default.
If you want to view the seconds in the Windows 10 time , open the Start menu and start the registry editor by searching for the word regedit .
Once authorized and opened, you can use the search bar at the top of the editor to find the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced
Then right-click on Advanced in the left pane and select New> DWORD (32-bit) value .
The new key must have the name ShowSecondsInSystemClock and the hexadecimal value 1. Then press OK and close the registry editor.
Then restart your computer (or log back in) to finally see the seconds tick by on the Windows 10 desktop clock .
An interesting curiosity, to close, is that the seconds in the time of Windows had to appear in the first versions of the 90s, but due to technical and performance problems, they were eliminated by Windows 95. While in Windows 7 you could enable the seconds in the clock with an external program like T-Clock , only with Windows 10 the clock is back complete.