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    Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Hello:

    I want to add the seconds to the time display in the system tray.

    Alas, neither right-clicking on the time display nor going through Regional Settings in the Control Panel will allow me to do this.

    Am I missing something, or do I need to download a thirtd-party utility?

    Much thanks,

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    He Lief,

    Thanks for the link; I just downloaded TClockEx, but, alas, it's not what I'm looking for, since it sits over, i.e., blocks, the system tray.

    Rather, I simply want something that will integrate into the system tray, providing only the seconds of the time, completely in line with the hour and minutes.

    Yet now that I've articulated it, this does sound like too much to hope for...

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Hmm. As far as I can see it replaces the clock display - see the attached which I screen-grabbed at, er, 18:55:26....
    Did you actually try it?
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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Hi Leif,

    When I was running I believe Win 98--I am now running XP Home--the program *seamlessly* integrated into the system tray.

    Now it sits conspiciously over the system tray--especially if you, like me, have a two-row system tray.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    There are a few clock replacements around, but the tray in XP is different enough from all previous versions of Windows that I know TClockEx won't do the job. Add visual styles to the mix and it gets even more complicated.

    However, I don't think all hope is lost. Just because I don't know of a suitable program certainly doesn't mean that one isn't out there. Have you browsed around the shareware sites, such as ZDNet's software, Simtel, and others?
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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Well, I tried searching--but to no avail.

    So I submitted a suggestion to Microsoft via http://register.microsoft.com/mswish/suggestion.asp.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    I'm still a bit mystified by what you mean when you say 'sits over the system tray' - do you mean it is positioned above it?
    No matter what I do, I can't get it to do anything other than replace the normal clock <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Hang on - I think I see what you are after.
    You want to keep the normal clock, but have an additional item in the system tray displaying only seconds - yes?

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Hi Leif,

    I want something similar to the image in your post no. 200666 -- except that instead of having the clock in blue, I want it to integrate transparently with Windows's clock.

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    That'd be fine...

    THANKS!

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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    I don't honestly think you are going to get what you want - if you wanted the seconds to be to the right of the Windows clock, the clock would have to move from its default position.
    Are you sure TClockEx will not do what you want? If you add the seconds to the display, how are you going to be able to tell the difference between the hours and minutes it displays and the one your standard clock would display? Mine is blue because I set it to blue - if you set the colour to the that of your taskbar, it will appear to be transparent....

    Otherwise, have a delve around the selection of timepieces at Prospector - there are some transparent ones and something might suit.
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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 05-Jan-03 12:49. to reduce the graphic size.)</P>Well, I tried it again, and, while not perfect, this is as good as I think I'm going to get it:

    Thanks for your patience and persistence, Leif!
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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Those using TClockEx might be interested in the following trick: adding a vertical bar within the clock format results in a display of the time and date on 2 lines. This works very well with UXGA monitors at high resolution on Windows XP. See attachment.
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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Good one Francois! I've been using it that way for a long time since I have a preference for a double-height taskbar. I posted the settings I use on one of my website's pages in case anyone who tripped across it was interested. The shot below is on my Win2000 Pro box at the office.
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    Re: Add seconds to time display in system tray (WinXP)

    Thank you Mark. That reminds me that a few laptops ago I used to have a double-height taskbar too. I have since forgotten how to set that up. Can you oblige please. Thank you.

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