How to Add Additional Time Zone Clocks to Windows
A little-known feature of Windows 7 and 8 is the ability to display multiple clocks in the desktop taskbar, allowing a user to keep tabs on the time in other time zones. Here’s how to set it up.
On your desktop, locate your clock on the right side of the taskbar notification area. By default, this clock shows only one time zone, which was configured during the Windows installation. Right-click on the taskbar clock and choose Adjust date/time.
Once the Date and Time window launches, select the Additional Clocks tab. Here, you can configure one or two additional clocks to display in your desktop taskbar.
For each desired additional clock, check the Show this clock box and then choose a time zone from the drop down menu. Unfortunately, there’s no search option for a particular city, so you’ll need to know your appropriate time zone in advance and scroll to find it. All time zones are measured and listed relative to UTC/GMT. Here’s a helpful website to help you find the correct time zone if you don’t already know it. Once you’ve chosen the proper time zone, you can give each clock a custom name.
Press Apply to save your changes and OK to close the Date and Time window. The taskbar clock will continue to display your current local time, but you can now view your additional clocks in two ways. First, if you hover your mouse cursor over the taskbar clock, a small text box will appear displaying the date and the current time in all of your configured time zones.
Second, if you click on the taskbar clock, you’ll see the familiar analog clock and calendar, along with the two additional time zone clocks to the right. The day of the week is conveniently listed under each clock to help clarify those tricky date changes.
While three clocks may be limiting for some users, especially those involved in international business and collaboration, it should cover the needs of most Windows users. Remember, too, that you’re free to change the time zones of the additional clocks at any time by repeating the steps above.