How to Display Local & UTC Time on My Desktop

by Sebastian Malysa
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UTC, also known as Universal Time Coordinated, reflects the time at Earth's Prime Meridian. The Prime Meridian is the 0 degree longitude that runs through the famous Greenwich Observatory, which is just outside London, England. The world's different time zones are based off and calculated from UTC. To display multiple time zones on your computer's desktop, such as local time and UTC, you will need the help of an advanced clock program. There are multiple advanced clock programs available, all of which are very comprehensive and easy to use.

Step 1

Download and install the free trial edition of WorldClock. WorldClock is an easy-to-use program that requires only 7 MB of storage space to run. With its "Multiple Clock View" option, you can display up to 16 different time zones, including UTC, right on your desktop. There are several customizable options that allow you to change the aesthetic of each clock you display in order to avoid confusion. WorldClock is a great program for someone looking for an easy-to-use interface that's straight to the point and not too flashy.

Step 2

Download and install the free trial version of Qlock. Qlock offers a more appealing aesthetic design that doesn't compromise usability and functionality. Just like WorldClock, Qlock allows you to simultaneously display multiple time zones, including UTC, right on your desktop. Qlock offers a wider range of customizable options for each of your displays and allows you to "snap" all your time displays together to create a seamless look. Qlock is an advanced time display program that focuses a lot of attention on aesthetics, but still gets the job done.

Download and install Microsoft Time Zones for free to display multiple time zones right on your desktop. Microsoft Time Zones is very similar to both WorldClock and Qlock, but might be the best choice for work place computers where third-party software is not tolerated. This program is very comprehensive and easy to use; however, Microsoft Time Zones has a limit of only five time zone displays at any given time.


  • Both WorldClock and Qlock allow you to take advantage of multiple time zone displays in the free trial editions. If you really enjoy these programs and would like to access even more of their features, you will have to upgrade to the full editions. If you just want to display UTC and local time simultaneously, the free trial editions will suit you perfectly.


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About the Author

Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Sebastian Malysa began his writing career in 2010. His work focuses on the general arts and appears on Answerbag and eHow. He has won a number of academic awards, most notably the CTV Award for best proposed documentary film. He holds a Master of Arts in contemporary disability theater from the University of Victoria.

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