In Windows operating system the clock and date are always there at the left bottom corner. In every Windows edition the notification area contains a clock and date. Users can view and edit the clock/date through the Taskbar. However, there is no such option for disabling the clock and date from Taskbar completely. In this article, we will show you a method through which you can easily remove date and time from Taskbar notification area.
Removing the Clock from the Notification Area
There are two methods through which this can be possible. The most common and easiest method is by using the Local Group Policy Editor. However, Windows Home edition users don’t have the Group Policy Editor on their system. That is why, we have also provided the Registry Editor method, which works similar as the Group Policy Editor method.
1. Using the Local Group Policy Editor
The Local Group Policy Editor is an administration tool that allows users to easily configure different type of settings related to their computers. It can be used to configure the core settings of operating system, which cannot be configured in the Windows Settings or Control Panel.
Note: The Local Group Policy Editor is not available in the Windows Home editions.
- Hold the Windows key and press R to open the Run dialog box. Now type the “gpedit.msc” in the field and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
- In the User Configuration, go to the following path:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\
- Now look for a policy named “Remove Clock from the system notification area” and double-click on it. It will open another window where you can choose “Enable” option and click on the Apply button.
- This will remove the clock from the system notification area. If it still shows for you, then you need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.
2. Using the Registry Editor
The Windows Registry Editor is another tool that contains all the settings and configuration for the operating system. Registry Editor is available in all Windows editions. You do need to use the Registry Editor with safety and care. By following the below steps correctly, you will remove clock and date without any issues:
Note: It is always best to backup your Registry before making any new changes. You can do that through the File > Export option from the menu bar.
- Press the Windows + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run box. Now type “regedit” and press the Enter key to open the Registry Editor.
- Now you need to go to the following path in Registry Editor:
Note: If you have any folder missing in path, you can create it with right-click and then choosing New > Key option. Then just name that folder as suggested in path.
- Right-click anywhere on left pane and choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option. Then name the value as “HideClock“.
- Double-click on the HideClock value and then change the value data to 1. Click on the Ok button to save new value.
- Finally, make sure you restart the computer for the changes to take effect on your system.