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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?

The Top Windows 7 Tips and Tricks List

Community member Michael Coombes saw one of my recent videos on Window 7 and he thought it would be prudent to pass along a few more tips and tricks.

  • Windows key + Left: docks current window to the left side of the screen.
  • Windows key + Right: docks current window to the right side of the screen.
  • Windows key + Up: maximizes and/or restores foreground window.
  • Windows key + Down: minimizes active window.
  • If you want a more Vista-esque taskbar rather than the superbar (why anyone would revert is beyond me), right-click the Taskbar, go to Properties, check the ‘Use small icons’ option, then change the “Taskbar Buttons” option to ‘Never combine.’
  • Windows 7 now burns ISO files themselves instead of making users grapple with third-party applications.
  • For those lucky people with a multi-monitor setup, Windows + SHIFT + Left (or Right) will shift a window from monitor to monitor.
  • Gone is the “Add Font” dialog. It’s been replaced with a much nicer system. Download a font and double-click it (you’ll be greeted with the familar font window, but you should notice it now has a ‘Install’ button).
  • Windows 7 now includes Gabriola. This is an elaborate display typeface that takes advantage of OpenType layout to create a variety of stylistic sets.
  • If you press Windows + 1, it will create a new instance of the first icon in the task bar. This is handy if you do a lot of coding and need to open several instances of a program.
  • If you right-click on a Taskbar icon, it brings up the much talked about Jump List. However, the same can be done by clicking with the left mouse button and dragging the icon “out” (so to speak). This was specifically designed for touch-enabled computers, such as your lovely HP TouchSmart PC.
  • To run a program as an Administrator, it’s now as easy as holding CTRL + SHIFT when you open the application.
  • With Windows 7, you can now create a ‘System Repair Disc.’ This is a CD bootable version of Windows 7 that includes the command prompt and a suite of system tools. Very handy for those really tough spots (which, with this still in beta, could be just around the corner). To get to this, simply open the Start Menu and type: “system repair disc” in the search field.

I’m sure there are plenty more Windows 7 tricks up floating around, but these are just the ones that Michael shared with us. Have you discovered any others? Leave a comment and keep expanding this list!