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Adding clocks when working globally

Since Windows Vista, Windows users have had the ability to add clocks. I’m in the U.S. Central time zone and have no problem thinking about scheduling meetings with people in the Eastern and Pacific time zones. Hyderabad is a different matter because of the half hour. London is easy except right now when the U.S. is on Daylight time and the U.K. is not.

You can add two clocks using the Additional Clocks tab in Date and Time.

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Figure 1. Additional Clocks tab.

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Figure 2. Mouseover after adding clocks.

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Figure 3. Left mouse click in System Tray after adding clocks.

While the extra clocks are interesting, I personally find Hyderabad needs more visibility. Go to Gadgets and either double-click the clock or right-click and select Add to add it to your desktop. Set the Options for the clock to assign a name to it.

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Figure 4. Clock gadget.

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Figure 5. Use Options to put a name on your desktop clock. Either right-click the clock and select Options or click the wrench icon.

Published Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:18 PM by John Paul Cook

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Wes Crockett said:

I am in a support role for a specialized software for government agencies... We have customers from Alaska to Maine. For that reason I have to be able to quickly identify the time in four of the US time zones. I modified my RainMeter to do this easily and beautifully... see link for screenshot:

http://imgur.com/tGJeUgB

March 29, 2013 10:07 AM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft's data platform and works out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at safety net clinics. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Opinions expressed in John's blog are strictly his own and do not represent Microsoft in any way.

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