If you think that the default Windows sytem tray clock is small, you can replace it with a bigger, cool tray clock with the help of Free Desktop Clock. It’s an advanced replacement for the clock that provides a number of customizations which include clock skins, multiple clocks with different time zones, time format and more.
It changes the default tray clock when you launch it. To show the settings window of the program, click on the clock. The Skins panel displays 9 clock styles to choose from—if you want more skins, you have to buy the Pro version, which offers up to 30 clock skins. Next to the skins, there are options to customize how the time should be presented like using 12 hour format, showing date and so on. You can also show the system uptime and RAM usage on the tray. Moreover, the background of the clock area can also be customized—default, transparent or color background.
By default, the tray clock shows the settings window when you click it, but you can change this behaviour. You can make it shows the built-in calendar or Windows default calendar, change clock skin randomly, or shows the date/time properties. If you change the behaviour, the settings window can be opened by right-clicking on the clock area and choose “Main Dialog”.
The program also provides 2 customizable calendar styles with adjustable transparency effect. Users can jump to current date, next year, or previous year in one click.
While the alarm feature is only available in the Pro edition, this free version allows you to set an hourly alarm by choosing your own sound–MP3, WAV and WMA are supported. Or, you can simply use its default sound. Go to the “Customizations” section to enable it.
And if you’re looking for a tray clock that can display multiple clocks with different time zones, you have found one. Free Desktop Clock allows you to show up to 2 additional clocks in addition to the main tray clock. It’s a nice feature for you who wants to always be able to check different time zones. Unfortunately, the customization features aren’t available for these additional clocks. The only thing you can do to an additional clock is giving it a name.
The following image is a screenshot of how it looks like when two tray clocks are displayed.
All in all, despite its limitations, Free Desktop Clock is a nice application to replace the standard tray clock. It is fairly customizable and can show multiple clocks, which is particularly useful if you work with a remote team to make sure that you don’t contact them in the middle of the night.