Add Clocks, Set Alarms, Use Timer & Stopwatch in Windows 10 Alarms & Clocks app

Alarms and Clocks is a new app in Windows 10, and it was designed to bring additional features to the default system clock. Furthermore, it is the same app that is found in Windows Mobile 10, another clear sign that Microsoft is pushing ahead with its Universal apps plan.

Similar to Windows 8  / 7, the new app is capable of creating additional clocks that tells the time from all over the world. To make thing even better, users can pin any clock to the Start Menu, so no more having to click on the default date and time menu at the right hand, bottom corner of the operating system to view different time zones. In this post we will see, how to add new clocks, set alarms, use the built-in Timer and Stopwatch in the Alarms and Clocks app.

Alarms and Clocks app in Windows 10


Open the Start Menu and move the mouse cursor to “All Apps” and click again. Under the category “A”, the app Alarms and Clocks should be at the top. All that is required right now is to open it by yet again, clicking on it.

Once the app is opened, you will see four tabs that say, Alarm, World Clock, Time, Stopwatch.

Add additional clocks in Windows 10

Alarms and Clocks app Windows 10

To add a new clock, click on World Clock. Once we get that out of the way, it is now time to click on the + or New link at the bottom right-side corner of the app. Pressing it gives you the ability to add new clocks from different time zones around the world. Just type in the country or city and the app will automatically bring up a list to choose from.

After choosing the correct location, the new timezone will then pop up on a map. It means that if the selected timezone is Seattle, USA, then the time will hover over that section of the map.

Now, if you want to view the new time zones without ever having to launch the Alarms and Clocks app again, you can simply right-click on the required timezone on the app and click, Pin to Start. This pins the new time zones to the Start Menu for easy viewing. It is now just a single click away from knowing the time outside of your own country.

Set Alarms in Windows 10


Setting the alarm in Windows 10 is quite easy. The procedure is largely similar to how things are done on Windows 10 Mobile, so folks with a Microsoft mobile device should feel right at home.

To set an alarm, click on the Alarm tab then on the “Plus” sign at the bottom of the app. Here the user should see the option to set a new alarm. The app gives the ability to set the tone, the repeat frequency, snooze time, and also the ability to name the alarm.

To activate, click or tap the Save button at the bottom.

Use Timer in Windows 10


I am not sure how a timer option will be productive for desktop and laptop users, but it should be for those with small tablets.

To get it started, the procedure is similar to creating an alarm. Just click on the Timer tab, then on the plus sign at the bottom to initiate a new timer. From there the new user can name the timer, and specify the duration. After that, click the save button at the bottom.

Use Stopwatch in Windows 10


Just click on the Stopwatch tab and press the play (start) icon to get it started. Once the Stopwatch is paused, users can share their time with friends on social networks via the share icon at the bottom.

Alarms and Clocks is an interesting app and feature rich to, and we are sure many of you will find it useful.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Alberto Gorin

    did t know was one

  2. Katie

    Just updated to windows 10 last night… guess what, the alarm doesn’t work. This morning I have setup many alarms for the entire day. Now 12 hours later, there is NO sound, NO pop-up notification at all. My PC is not asleep or shut off. I’m working on my PC and I always setup alarms so I don’t forget the time while working on stuff.

  3. RobertStewart

    Set an alarm. tested it, deleted it. Now it goes of everyday at 4:48pm Glad it wasn’t 3am.
    Please tell me where I can disable it. The alarm app (mickey mouse at best) is so desktop unfriendly. Must to use enter key to set times, even if you hit save. No preview of what the alarms sound like. Pretty bad for an app that looks it was made in VB version 1 and took 10 minutes to build. And of course, it’ll still go off after deleted all alarms.

  4. Torie

    With Windows 7 I had four jolly clock faces on the desk top so I could instantly see the time in key places overseas, that I had chosen. With Windows 10 there is a map to use… but you can only choose large towns, you cannot rename them and I can’t find a way of putting the clocks on the desk top- I don’t want to have a list linked to the time on the lower tool bar and in any case it seems there is a limit to the number of clocks you can add. Is there another way to reinstate my clocks (under the new Windows 10)

  5. trickfred

    Alarms in Win 8 would go off for 2-3 minutes, then quiet themselves, leaving the alarm notification on the screen. Perfect for when you’re there to be reminded, and for shutting itself up when you’re not. With Win 10, if I’m downstairs and an alarm goes off, I have to trek upstairs and click it off or it will blare until the end of time. That alone outweighs its usefulness to me. Really wish I could download the old Alarms app from the store. 🙁

  6. Bobbie Richards

    I too would like to know as I had three such clocks and there doesn’t seem any similar option with windows 10 , either witihin the software itself, as “gadgets” are no longer available/supported, or with add on apps. – Please will someone answer and help us.

  7. Brenda Carpenter

    Is there a limit to the number of alarms that you can set? Trying to use it for my classrooom and can’t seem to set more than 10. Does that sound right?

  8. Lucas Callero

    You can add custom tones to W10 Alarms by simply overwrting the alarm sounds on C:/Windows/Media (make a backup copy of ogiriinal sounds of this folder if you don’t wanna lose all of those annoying crap sounds for some reason) with the sound you want to use converted to .wav format.
    (ex: convert your favorite song to “Alarm01.wav” and place it on C:/Windows/Media and enjoy!)

  9. Ges Brown

    Got the same problem as Katie. After W10 update no Alarms at all. Any suggestions appreciated.

  10. Yaw kessey-Ankomah

    Try turning off quiet hours

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