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Offline raptor1956

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Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:21:04 pm »
There are times I want to have a clock with seconds on the screen at all times so I can keep track of the timing of things but the clock app in Win10 is only visible when you click on it and disappears when you click on anything else.  Is there some trick to getting a clock with seconds to remain on the screen even when you're working on something else?


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Re: Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 09:12:46 pm »
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-other_settings/how-to-get-the-windows-10-clock-to-show-seconds/816c489c-2e93-45ce-ad56-9b9b9b93013f
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/show-seconds-taskbar-clock-showsecondsinsystemclock/

Short Version (for if the links goes dead)
In the registry add the following key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
called ShowSecondsInSystemClock - DWORD(32)
and give it a value of 1
then logout and login again

Edit: Added 2nd link
 
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Re: Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 09:57:03 pm »
Thanks,


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Re: Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2017, 12:12:27 am »
Why on Earth do you restrict yourself to the "Windows clock" and specifically the Win 10 one?

Google windows clock portable app stay on top
Oh look, there are several.
Also web clocks, like https://time.is/

Start building yourself a set of portable apps, that are NOT 'installed' in the Microsoft way, but just run self-contained from any folder. Keep all of those in one folder tree, that you can clone and copy to as many PCs as you want. And more importantly, for as long as you want, ignoring Microsoft's attempts to make users abandon almost everything ever time they switch machines or Windows versions, because reinstalling everything is such a pain.
There's no good reason why software should have to spread itself and its config data all through the operating system and the Registry abomination. Well, unless you are Microsoft, and _want_ to cripple everyone's computing experience, for profit and ideological reasons.

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Re: Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2017, 01:40:19 am »
Yes .... I've all but forgotten those early days when you could just click on the .exe and run a program.  The biggest hassle might have been to make sure the config/parameter file was in the necessary folder.
 

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Re: Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 05:27:33 am »
Why on Earth do you restrict yourself to the "Windows clock" and specifically the Win 10 one?

Google windows clock portable app stay on top
Oh look, there are several.
Also web clocks, like https://time.is/

Start building yourself a set of portable apps, that are NOT 'installed' in the Microsoft way, but just run self-contained from any folder. Keep all of those in one folder tree, that you can clone and copy to as many PCs as you want. And more importantly, for as long as you want, ignoring Microsoft's attempts to make users abandon almost everything ever time they switch machines or Windows versions, because reinstalling everything is such a pain.
There's no good reason why software should have to spread itself and its config data all through the operating system and the Registry abomination. Well, unless you are Microsoft, and _want_ to cripple everyone's computing experience, for profit and ideological reasons.

http://portableapps.com/


Yeah, there's a lot of things you can download and some of it won't f'up your system.  If I have the tool already and only need to know how to use it I've not had to risk downloading and installing something that comes with a hidden payload.  Beyond the concern of viruses and malware etc the idea of installing yet anther thing that requires resources or, perhaps, phones home with your every move -- yeah, no.

I don't get the need to install yet more crap and risk the hidden surprise.  Not saying your suggestions are bad in any way, but without some knowledge about them I'd have no way to know just what comes along for the ride.  Even 'legit' software is often packaged with goodies they were compensated to include and either spy on you or feed you ads or ... worse.

The tweak to provide the seconds for the system clock is all I needed and nothing needed to be downloaded and there was no risk of cranking the handle and finding a virulent Jack in the Box.


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Re: Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2017, 08:57:43 am »
There are plenty of free, non-microsoft programs available that have been around for a long time. They are probably just as safe and secure as anything from Microsoft, more ad-free and even less likely to spy on you. It really is worth learning about.


 

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Re: Windows 10 Desktop Clock
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2017, 08:26:59 pm »
And how long do I invest in the learning process?  If only a few minutes then I'm not particularly likely to know if it's good, bad or indifferent.  If, on the other hand I invest hours then I've wasted time I didn't need to waste.  I know there are lots of folks that love to download all manor of things if they're free and appear to care little about what come along for the ride, I'm not one of them...

Look, I've achieved what I wanted and see no point prolonging this thread...


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