It’s All About Time: World Clock, Timers, Stopwatches, and Alarms
Keeping track of time, counting time, counting down the time, do we ever have enough time?
Windows 10 has an app that makes it easy for you to set up world clocks. timers, alarms and more. It’s very simple stuff, but most people don’t know that Windows 10 has this feature. It’ a Windows 10 app Alarms & Clock.
We’re going to briefly explain each feature and give you a general idea of how to use them.
Open the Alarms & Clock app from your start menu (or type “Alarms” (no quotes) in the taskbar search). When the app opens click on World Clock at the top.
To add a city, click the + (plus) sign at the bottom and type in the name of the city & the country you want to add. As you can see, I’ve already added Sydney, Australia to my World Clock, and I’m in the process of adding Wellington, New Zealand… see? Just click the Plus sign and start typing the name of the city into the search form that will appear on the clock. As soon as you start typing you’ll see a list of cities appear.
Now I have my local time and the time in Sydney, Australia, and Wellington, NZ displayed on my World Clock.
Once you start doing this stuff with the Alarms & Clock app, you kind of see how it all works. To create a timer, click on Timer at the top and then click the Plus sign to create a new timer:
Then set the time you want [from one minute to 23 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds]. And give your timer a name. You can create as many timers as you want. Or you can reuse old-timers, reset the time, and give them new names.
If you want you can even pop the timer out.
So you get a nice-looking timer right on your desktop:
When the timer gets to zero you’ll hear the alarm-chimes sound. If you want to hear the sounds, make sure you have your volume turned up.
I hate waking up to an alarm clock, but I do it anyway. Gotta get up if you want to get things done. By now, you know the routine. Click on Alarm at the top, click on the Plus + sign to add a new alarm (or click on the default alarm to change its settings).
When you edit the alarm by clicking on it, you can change the alarm name, repeat function, sound, and snooze function.
If you like to time yourself, be our guest. Windows 10’s Alarms & Clock app has a built-in stopwatch. We’re not sure how useful this is, but if you want to go out and run around the block and see how long it takes you, go ahead, time yourself.
Of course, we’re sure some of you will find really good uses for the Stopwatch feature. And we’re sure by now you know how to set it up. Yup! Just click on the Stopwatch icon at the top. Only this time you don’t have to click a Plus + sign to add anything, you just click the button to start the stopwatch and click it again to stop it.
And before we leave you and the Stopwatch function, we’re going to show you one more thing. If you want you can use the Stopwatch to time Laps/Splits. Very interesting.
There you go… we’ve briefly (kind of) covered the four functions included with the Windows 10 Alarms & Clock app. Now you know they’re there, you can find new ways to use them.