How to Install a Desktop Clock

by Ty Arthur

Most computer operating systems come with a built-in desktop clock, but they may not be in convenient locations or may not have the appearance you want. If you want more control over the specific look and size of your computer's desktop clock, there are many clock programs that can be downloaded for free. Installing a desktop clock is a simple and straightforward process that is not any different from installing any other type of free software.

Decide if you would rather have a digital desktop clock that displays numbers or if you would rather use an analog-style clock. Navigate your web browser to one of the links in the Resources section, depending on which type of desktop clock you are interested in.

Click on the desktop clock's download link and then click on "Save File." Minimize your web browser once the file has finished downloading.

Navigate to the folder where you saved the installation file for the desktop clock. Right-click on the file and choose "Unzip to here" to extract the zip file. Open the extracted folder.

Double-click the "Setup.exe" file. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the desktop clock.

Right-click on the desktop clock and select "Options." Navigate to the "General" tab. Remove the check mark from the "Always on Top" check box if you want the clock to hide behind other windows you open.

Click on the "Startup With Windows" button if you want the clock to always load up when you start the computer. Navigate to the "Appearance" tab.

Scroll through the list of options and find the background color you want to use for the desktop clock. Click on the color option and then click on "Apply" to save your changes.


  • check Depending on the specific desktop clock you choose to download the various settings and options may be slightly different.


  • close Although the desktop clocks listed in the Resources section are compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista and any previous version of the Windows operating system, there are many which are not. Always check the system requirements of any desktop clock software before downloading it.

About the Author

Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.

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