Clever Clogs tip # 727
1 April 2023

Display different time zones when you hover over the date on the taskbar (Windows 10) *

Happy April Fool's day, everyone! Hope you don't think that what I write today is going to be a joke. Tried and tested - as always - and hopefully useful!

Last Sunday the clocks went forward in the UK. Thank goodness most clocks we use these days - including the one in the Windows taskbar - adjust the time automatically. But did you know that not every country in the world observes Daylight Saving Time? Or that they change the clocks on different dates?

So why not keep an eye on the time zones of your customers or friends and add clocks for different time zones in Windows. Just hover over the time in the bottom right hand corner (or wherever you have your taskbar) to see the additional time.

Here's how:

  1. Right-click the clock in the taskbar and select Adjust date/time. (Alternatively, press WIN and type date and select Change the date and time.)
  2. Click on the Date, time & regional formatting link in the top right hand corner.
  3. Click the Additional date, time & regional settings link in the top right hand corner.
  4. Click Add clocks for different time zones.
  5. Click Show this clock and select the relevant time zone from the drop-down list. (If you need a hand finding the correct time, have a look at the time converter I use on my webinar schedule: worldtimebuddy. And no, I don't get commission ;)
    NOTE: Like in Outlook you can have two time zones. (Didn't know about that? Check out File > Options > Calendar > Time zones.)
  6. Click OK or press ENTER.

By the way, I only tested this in Windows 10, but I assume this works the same in Windows 11. Let me know if you already upgraded.

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* Unless stated otherwise this tip is written for Microsoft 365 desktop apps and Windows 10 users, but might also be useful in Office 2010, 2013 and 2016.