When Microsoft released Windows 95 decades ago, one of the features it introduced was the date and time applet (also simply called clock) being displayed in the system tray near he bottom-right corner of the desktop. This feature has become a standard since then and the latest version of Windows 10 also displays the current date and time in a similar style as in Windows 95.
While having the ability to readily check the current date and time is very useful, it takes up some space on your Windows taskbar which could be used for other things. This is specially true if you have a notebook computer with a smaller screen.
If you do not find any use of date and time being displayed in the notification area then you can remove it easily in Windows 10:
- Right-click on the Windows taskbar and select Taskbar settings. Alternatively, you can also open Windows settings by using the hotkey Win+I and then select Personalization → Taskbar.
- Scroll down in the settings window and then click on Turn system icons on or off under the category Notification Area.
- In the window that opens up next, turn off Clock from the list of notification icons.
- This is it, now your Windows desktop will no longer display date and time in the notification area of Windows taskbar.
At any time later, if you want to being the clock back to your Windows desktop then you can follow the same steps all over again and enable the notification icon “Clock” in the very last step. Another option is to replace the in-built Windows clock by a third party clock such as DS Clock that can display really nice looking clock on your desktop. You can even position the clock anywhere on your desktop and customize its color, fonts and overall look.