The time display on WorldClock's main window is broken
down into two panes. The pane on the left shows you your local time, while the
pane on the right shows you the current time in the zone you have selected. The
time display has header bars to display the name of the selected areas. For your
local time, I display what Windows reports as your local time zone. You can
customize the typically bland nature of this information (i.e. 'Eastern
Standard Time') with your own text. You do this by selecting the 'Set Local
Timezone Name' option from the popup menu (see image on the right).
This allows you to personalize the display
to reflect something a little more meaningful (i.e. 'Montreal, Quebec').|
If you don't like my choice of font or colour for the time display, you have the
option of changing it. Simply select the 'Set Time Display' option from the popup
menu and you can select from several different choices. If you only want to see the
hours and minutes in the time display, simply turn off the 'Show Seconds' option in
If you minimize the WorldClock program, the program name on the Windows
taskbar changes from 'WorldClock' to display the current location and
time of your selected zone. You also have the option of minimizing
WorldClock to the System Tray. Note that if you choose this option,
you will lose the taskbar display of the selected area's current time.
However, if you move the mouse over the WorldClock icon in the tray
area, a hint window will popup to display this time. You can also
choose to start your program already minimized.
When you run WorldClock, the main window presents you with a map of the world.
You can click anywhere on the map to select that area's time zone. You will see
the selected zone time display (the right pane) update to reflect the UTC hour
shift as well as the local time in your selected zone. Alternately, you can
select an area/city in the listbox at the bottom of the screen. As stated
previously, the program takes into account whether or not DST is in effect in
the selected time zone. If so, you will see a little 'sun' icon appear just to
the right of the time zone display. You will also notice that once you have
select a time zone, the 'Select Place in Zone' popup menu item (the popup menu
is shown above) is filled in with all of the places associated with that
specific time zone.
Right-clicking anywhere on the WorldClock window will bring up the popup menu.
Using the 'Preferences' item on this menu you can select various options such
as whether or not to show the map and/or places segments of the WorldClock
window. This can be handy when you want to park WorldClock in a small corner
of your screen and take up as little space as possible. Note that there is
also a 'Stay On Top' option in the Preferences menu. As the name implies, this
option will force the WorldClock window to always remain above your other
Selecting the 'Set Clock' option from the menu (or double clicking on either
time display) will bring up the TimeSync
screen. Press the Check Time button on this screen to validate your computer's
clock against your selected Internet Time Server. Note that you are not
limited to my list of selected time servers. You can also enter your own
server address if you so choose. You can also ask WorldClock
to set your's computer's clock at pre-set intervals. Select the 'AutoTimeSync'
option from the Preferences and you can choose an hourly interval or specific time
when to perform a time sync. If you wish to run the program just to set the clock and then exit,
there is a '/s' command line option to do this.
You can also check for, and automatically download, any updates to WorldClock's
timezone database by selecting the 'Check for Timezone Database Update'
option from the menu.
You will note that if you move your mouse over the date areas, the dates turn
into buttons. Press either of these buttons and a
calendar will popup on the side of the main screen. You can move the
calendar display around by clicking and dragging while your mouse is over the
month name. You can close the calendar display by clicking on the little 'x'
at the lower right-hand corner of the calendar screen. (You can also bring up
the calendar screen by selecting the 'Show Calendar' option from the popup
Once the calendar screen is up, you will note that there are two sets of
buttons at the top of the calendar. The set on the left allows you to scroll
the calendar through the months, while the set on the right allows you to
scroll the calendar through the years. If you right click while your mouse is
over the calendar area of the calendar screen, you will get a popup menu that
allows you to select various options for the calendar. The main use for this
menu is to set/reset your 'marked' days. Note that you can mark a day for the
current year, or for all years. For instance, if you want to mark an upcoming
event (concert, date, whatever) you would only mark for the current year.
Birthday reminders, on the other hand, you would want to mark for all years.
You also have the ability to make all of the main WorldClock windows 'translucent'.
This is very useful if you've set up WorldClock for 'Stay-on-Top' operation
but find that it gets in the way of viewing your active application. With this
translucency feature, you can still see your document (or whatever program is
currently running) under the WorldClock window. You have full control over the
level of translucency varying from almost fully translucent to fully opaque.