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How to Customize Your Mac's Clock

Every Mac comes with a little digital clock built into the Mac OS's menu bar. You probably already knew that. But what you might not know is that your menu bar clock can be customized, taken off the menu bar, and even hidden completely. Or, if you're so inclined, you can turn off the digital clock and switch to an analog version. Here's how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Date & Time.

  3. Select the Clock tab.

  4. Play around with the settings until you find a configuration you can live with. Note that you can place the clock in its very own window by selecting Window under the View in options.

    You can also remove the clock entirely by unchecking the Show the date and time checkbox.

  5. Close System Preferences.

That's it. You're finished!

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