Windows 10 Clock is missing, invisible or black

Windows Updates do bring in new features and improvements, but sometimes they introduce problems as well. The main reason for new bugs arising being incompatibility between old and new software components. One such issue that we are going to talk about in this post is missing, invisible or black Windows Clock. The issue was faced by users after a recent feature update. Well, you can follow the steps mentioned in this post to resolve it.

Clock is missing, black or invisible in Windows 10

This is a bug that can make Windows Clock in the taskbar to appear black or invisible which makes it difficult to read time on your computer. The bug has something to with Windows Themes and Aero styling. Here are a few solutions to fix this:

Before you begin, restart Explorer and see if that helps. Maybe it is a temporary glitch.

1] Disable Custom Theme

Clock is missing, black or invisible in Windows 10

The possible reason for a black Windows Clock can be an old or incompatible theme. You might have a custom theme in place, and after an update it became incompatible. So, what you can do now is, switch to one of the default themes and re-create your custom theme.

To do so, right click on the desktop and select Personalise. Then select Themes from the left menu and select Windows 10 as your theme. Now you can delete all other custom themes are create them again from scratch. This would have fixed black Windows clock and would have turned it back into white.

2] Editing your existing themes

If you don’t want to lose your existing theme, there is a solution that can help you preserve your themes. This solution is a little complex, so we advise you to stick to the first one. You can follow these steps to modify your existing themes to fix black Windows clock.

Save your existing theme if you haven’t already. To save a theme, right click on the desktop and select Personalise and then select Themes from the left menu. Now click on Save Theme button just below your custom theme to save it. You can name the theme anything (we are going to change it later).

Now it is time to modify this saved theme. Go to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes. Locate the file with theme name you saved in the previous step. Right-click the file and open it with notepad or any other text editor.

Windows 10 Clock is missing, invisible or black

Now locate the line that says:


Change it to:


Save the file and rename it to something else.

Now go back to themes and select the new theme that you just created.

This should have fixed the black Windows clock problem along with other problems that you might be facing around Themes and Taskbar.

3] Use UWT

Clock is missing, invisible or black

Download and use Ultimate Windows Tweaker. Under Customization > Taskbar, you will see the tweak to show or remove Clock from Notificatoon area. Use it.

4] Disable Small Taskbar Icons

This is a solution for most of the invisible Windows clock cases. If you have an invisible Windows clock, try disabling small taskbar icons on your computer.

To do so, go to Settings > Personalisation > Taskbar. And turn off the toggle button that says Use small taskbar buttons. This is a temporary solution, and it might not work in some cases.

These were a few possible solutions to the black Windows clock problem. Hope something helps you.

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