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Windows XP - Show or Hide the Clock

Welcome to this Windows XP computer tutorial on how to hide or show the clock in the notification area of the taskbar. You may want to show the clock if it is not visible or hide it for some other reason (not sure why!!)

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Windows XP - Show or Hide the Clock

image of windows xp taskbar

From the windows xp desktop you will see a horizontal blue bar running along the bottom of the screen, this is the taskbar.

To change some of the taskbar properties, right click the blue taskbar and a small menu you appear as pictured. Click the 'Properties' option.

windows xp taskbar properties

The Taskbar properties window will load up and present you with some settings.

At the top of this window is a preview of the taskbar as it looks now. When you change the settings they will be reflected in this preview picture so you can see how the setting would look.

To change the taskbar appearance you can tick or untick the checkboxes listed under 'Taskbar Appearance'.

taskbar in windows xp

You will see a section at the bottom labelled 'Notification Area'.

You will see an option to 'Show the Clock' and 'Hide inactive icons'.

If you want the clock to be visible then tick the checkbox next to 'Show the Clock'.

If you want to hide the clock, untick the 'Show the Clock' checkbox.

When you have finsihed, click the 'Ok' Button to exit back to the desktop.

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