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Is it possible to get the Windows 7 taskbar clock to display the seconds, without having to install a utility?

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It doesn't appear that can be done without a 3rd party app. Would a clock gadget work for you? Those display seconds. – CharlieRB Apr 11 '13 at 19:17
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This is not currently possible without using third party apps. While windows allows you to change the short-form and long-form of your default times (Control Panel -> Region and Language -> Additional Settings -> Time -> Short: hh:mm:ss tt), this change does not take effect on the taskbar clock.

As @CharlieRB noted, you can use the Clock gadget to display the clock on your desktop, or you can click on the time to see an expanded calendar/clock flyout with the time in seconds.

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Currently it's not possible to make Windows 7 taskbar clock display the seconds without 3rd party app.

However, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker from adds this functionality with one single click:

7+ Taskbar Tweaker

Taskbar clock showing seconds

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Scott, what are you talking about? 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn't contain a virus. I've been personally using this software for a couple of years without any issues. Here's Virus Total scan log of the latest stable and beta setup versions of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Stable version setup .exe detect ratio 2 / 55… . Beta version setup .exe detect ratio 0 / 55… – Hugh Tash Jul 11 '15 at 10:53
could you try this, a popular anti-virus app in China: – Scott混合理论 Jul 14 '15 at 5:54
hmm, seems all chinese anti-virus tools think this software contains virus... – Scott混合理论 Jul 14 '15 at 5:56
Yes, Scott. Thank you for letting us know. It's interesting that Chinese antivirus software marks 7+ taskbar tweaker as a virus. However, I choose to trust common sense, my own experience, Virus Total scan and Softpedia: – Hugh Tash Jul 16 '15 at 14:07
i've installed this tool, it is very convenient, thanks. – Scott混合理论 Jul 17 '15 at 6:28

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