The default setting for displaying the time on a Microsoft Windows 10 desktop is restricted to hours and minutes. For most users, that default is perfectly acceptable, but others might like the option of displaying seconds in the desktop system tray of their taskbars.

There is no optional configuration that will allow seconds to display as default in Windows 10. Your PC is tracking seconds, of course, but there is no easy conventional way, no configuration setting, to add it to the system tray. However, we can edit the Windows 10 Registry File to make it possible.

Disclaimer: Editing the Windows Registry file is a serious undertaking. A corrupted Windows Registry file could render your computer inoperable, requiring a reinstallation of the Windows 10 operating system and potential loss of data. Back up the Windows 10 Registry file and create a valid restore point before you proceed.

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