A great feature of Microsoft Windows 7 is the ability to display multiple clocks from different locations at the same time. When I mention this functionality to people it is often assumed that this is a function available through Windows Gadgets, however this feature is not part of Windows Gadgets but rather is part of the built-in customisation which can be applied to Windows 7.
In the past I have utilised some gadgets however due to the security issues associated with them I always try to steer clear where possible. The way in which you can add additional clocks to your Windows 7 clock display is very clean and unobtrusive. It allows you to display up to 3 different time zones, or clocks, in total (including your own time zone) which is very handy when dealing with colleagues, associates, clients or even family who are overseas. Have a relative going overseas? Add their new time zone to your clock display and you will easily to be able to identify when they will be online for that next Skype call!
To display multiple clocks, follow these steps:
- Click Start > Control Panel
- The Control Panel will be displayed
- Click the Date and Time icon
- From the Date and Time dialog box click the Additional Clocks tab
- Tick the box for Show this clock
- Now click the drop down menu for the Select time zone field and search for the time zone of the additional clock you wish to include
- I’m going to locate the (UTC -10:00) Hawaii time zone
- Now place your cursor in the Enter display name field and type the name you wish to display for this clock
- Click OK
- Now move your cursor and hover over the system clock located in the bottom right corner of the screen
- You will now see your local time and the new time zone displayed in the display
- You can repeat the process and add a third clock if required
Have fun with this feature and remember to change your clocks as required to suit your needs at the present time. If you have any questions please do not hesitate contact me.