How to Add Clocks to Windows System Tray


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Our friend Matthew is back this week with a video explaining how to add multiple clocks to your system tray. There are actually several different reasons people choose to do this. Perhaps you want to keep track of what time it is where family members live. If you work with a remote team, like the folks at Lockergnome do, it’s useful to know that you aren’t trying to contact someone in the middle of the night. If you game with friends in another time zone, a quick check of the system tray clocks will let you know whether you can team up for a Rift raiding party or Halo firefight.

In order to make these changes to your Windows system:

  • Click on the clock down in your system tray.
  • Click “Change Time and Date Settings.”
  • Click the “Additional Clocks” tab.
  • Click a box which says to “Show This Clock.”
  • Choose the time zone you wish to display.
  • Enter a display name for this particular clock.
  • Click the “Apply” button to apply your changes.
  • Add another clock or click the “OK” button to close the window.

When you are finished, YOUR time is the only one that will show. However, you simply single-click on that time in order to pop up your additional clocks.

The limitation is that you can only have three total clocks on your system tray, one of which has to be your normal time.

There are many different little tweaks you can make to your Windows systems in order to personalize them to best fit your needs. Windows 7 is definitely full of neat surprises. For instance, you can:

  • Change the window border glass color. – Head to your Control Panel and choose Personalization. From there, click on “Window Color and Appearance.”
  • Add a toolbar to the taskbar. – Right-click your taskbar and choose “Toolbars.” You can add any folder on your computer and name it whatever you wish for fast access to everything you need.
  • Move the taskbar. – If you wish to move the taskbar in Windows Vista or Windows 7, simply drag it to the top or one side of your monitor and let go.
  • Customize the Start Menu. – Right-click the Start button, then choose Properties. From there, you’ll click the Customize button. Choose if you wish to show things such as computer, Games, Music, Control Panel and more. You can also decide in this area if these shown items should offer a menu when you click on them.
  • Change how your Power button acts. – In Vista, the Power button puts your computer into sleep mode. In Windows 7, it shuts the computer down. In order to change what the power button will do, go back to those Start menu properties from the last step. In the Start Menu tab, you can let the operating system know what you want it to do when you click the power button.

These are just a small sample of the types of things you can do to your Windows installation to make it suit your needs. What other tweaks have you made to OWN your Windows install?