One of the features that regular users seem to love in Windows Vista is the sidebar’s analog clock. Every time I glance at somebody’s desktop in a coffee shop they are using one. Windows XP users are not left out in the cold with the ClocX desktop clock that works similarly.

The clock really looks slick, especially if you choose a nice looking theme:

If you right-click on the clock you can change some of the common options, and also get to the options panel.

The options panel has loads of different options you can choose from… note that you can use the Pin to Desktop option in here and remove Always on top if you want the clock below all the other windows.

On the Appearance tab you can change the theme to any one of the preloaded themes.

From the clock’s right-click menu you can also access the Alarms feature, which is surprisingly full-featured.


Clicking on the New button brings you to the Alarm editor, where you can use the standard options for time, date and recurrence, but you can even set it to launch an application, sound or even a video.

I’m not a big fan of these types of clocks, but it seems like everybody I know loves them, so here you are!

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