How to Fix It When the Windows 11 Clock Isn't Showing

If your taskbar is missing, so is the date and time. Let's get those back

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If your Windows 11 clock isn't showing, it's usually because of a missing taskbar, date, or some other issue that further compounds the problem. Turning the clock back on, or even fixing more compounded problems with the Windows 11 date and time is relatively quick and easy.

Cause of the Windows 11 Clock Not Appearing

The Windows 11 clock might go missing for a few different reasons, but it's usually because a setting has been changed by accident. You might have done this manually, or a third-party app or widget might have disabled the clock without your prior knowledge.

It's also possible something has damaged the clock app itself. Fortunately, Windows has a number of ways to can repair, fix, or re-apply the clock so it starts working properly again.

How to Fix It When the Windows 11 Clock Is Missing

There are a few different ways you can enable or re-add a missing clock in Windows 11. Try these potential fixes. They're listed in order from easiest and most likely to work, to the more complicated.

  1. Make sure your clock is enabled and the settings are all correct for your timezone. Check out how to set your operating system clock for more details.

  2. Try updating Windows 11. Something in the OS may have broken or affected a service or application that the clock relies on to display properly. Updating can fix the problem.

  3. If the Clock app is broken, you can try to repair it. Navigate to Settings > Apps > Apps and features and look for the Clock app. If necessary, scroll down to find it, or use the search bar to search for Clock. Select the three-dot menu icon next to it and choose Advanced options, and then scroll down and select Repair.

    This fix may not solve issues with the taskbar clock, but if you rely on the app, it can help.

  4. You can try turning the clock On in the legacy Notifications Area Icons menu. To do so, search for CMD in the Windows search bar and select the corresponding icon. Then copy and paste this into the window:

    explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

    Press Enter. Then, select Turn system icons on or off, and set the Clock to On. Select OK.

  5. If you can't get the clock working again with the above methods, try reverting to a previous System Restore point. It's a feature enabled by default, so you should have the option. Here's more information on using System Restore in Windows.

  6. Reset your PC. The Reset This PC option lets you do a fresh install of Windows while keeping your files in place. To use it, go to Start > Settings > System > Recovery > Reset this PC. Select Keep my files.

  7. Reinstall Windows 11. The final thing to try is a full restoration of your computer, which will also delete your files. Go to Start > Settings > System > Recovery > Reset this PC. Select Erase everything to do a clean install.

  • How do I show the clock on a second monitor in Windows 11?

    The clock should automatically appear on all displays in your setup. If it isn't, check for a Windows update: Microsoft added this functionality in Build 22000.527, which released in February 2022.

  • How do I show seconds in the Windows 11 taskbar clock?

    Microsoft doesn't currently include a way to show seconds in the taskbar clock. You can add this functionality with a third-party app, but you should make sure anything you download and add to your PC comes from a trustworthy site.

  • How do I change to a 24-hour clock in Windows 11?

    Go to Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region > Regional Format. Then, under Regional Format, select Change Formats. In the pulldown, choose a format that doesn't include "a.m" or "p.m." You may also see options like "short time" or "long time."

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