Creating Additional Clocks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 30, 2014)


Your computer keeps track of the current time and uses that time for a lot of different purposes. For instance, it uses the time to mark when files are updated or when different events occur on the computer. Windows makes this time available to you as a clock, visible at the right side of the Taskbar (if you are viewing the desktop), in the Notifications area.

Interestingly enough, you can define additional clocks in Windows. Why would you want to do this? In case you need to keep track of what time it is somewhere else in the world. The time displayed in this additional clock doesn't affect anything that Windows does, it is simply for your edification and convenience.

You can create an additional clock by following these steps:

  1. Click once on the date and time in the Notifications area at the right side of the Taskbar. Windows displays a calendar and clock.
  2. Click the Change Date and Time Settings link. Windows displays the Date and Time dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Additional Clocks tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Additional Clocks tab of the Date and Time dialog box.

  5. Click either Show this Clock check box (there are two available) to activate the settings area under the corresponding check box.
  6. Use the Select Time Zone drop-down list to choose which time zone is appropriate for the new clock.
  7. Change the display name for the new clock, as desired.
  8. Click OK to close the Date and Time Settings dialog box.

At this point it may appear that nothing has happened in Windows—the current date and time still appear on the Taskbar, in the Notifications area. However, if you click once on the date and time in the Notifications area, you'll notice that your additional clock is displayed to the right of your primary system clock.

 This tip (10795) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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