Fix Taskbar clock showing in black text in Windows 10

For a few users of Windows 10, the Clock in the taskbar is showing up in black color. This is in contrast to its default white, which has been the default for Windows for over a decade. As you can see in the image below, the clock is clearly (pun intended) not visible. With dark backgrounds, the text is not normally visible. I had this bug me once in Windows 10 on a VM running inside VMware, but restarting the explorer.exe process fixed text clock windows 10

Restarting the explorer doesn’t always work, though. It looks as of now, there is no permanent solution to this atrocity. With gazillions of errors showing up while using Windows, it looks as if the quality control with this OS is very ho-hum. At least, sort of.

However, don’t’ worry fellas. After a lot of messing with the personalization and color settings, I have finally figured a temporary solution to this problem. The two triggers for the change in clock color are app theme (light or dark) and the toggle for task button size. Messing with these settings makes the black color go away. You can mess with these settings yourself to see if any of them works for you. Continue below for the instructions.

Toggle small Taskbar buttons

  • Open the Taskbar properties. For that, right-click on the taskbar and select Settings. Alternatively, this setting is also available from the Settings app > Personalization > Taskbar.tasbkar settings
  • In the Taskbar settings, first, turn on the “Use small taskbar buttons” and then turn it off.

For some people, this fixes the problem. However, many others are saying that changing the option to its default makes the clock black again. When that happens, you can try disabling the dark theme in Windows.

Use the Light Theme

You need to turn off the dark mode in the personalization settings for making the clock visible again. Here’s how to do that.

app dark mode

  • Go to Settings app > Personalization > Colors.
  • Select Light in the “Choose your app mode” selection radio button.

After applying the light theme, the clock should show in its original white color.