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Windows Vista Date And Time Matter

If you’re going for business trip with a laptop running Windows Vista, take some minutes to know some of these Windows Vista date and time matters.

These are neither something advanced nor hidden features of Windows Vista, but not everyone know everything. So, this simple guide is for those who don’t know.
How to view multiple clocks in Windows Vista?

Windows Vista supports multiple clocks, maximum up to three clocks, with each displaying different time/time-zone. The biggest clock that appears on the left side showing local time, while the rest showing time at different time-zone.

Windows Vista supports multiple clocks display.

Windows Vista display multiple clocks in long date time format for different time-zone.To enable multiple clocks display, click on the “time display” that appears at Windows Vista System Tray (bottom-right corner), click “Change date and time settings…” to bring up “Date and Time” dialog box, go to “Additional Clocks” tab, tick the check-box of “Show this clock”, select the time-zone of the clock, enter the display name and click OK button. When your mouse rest or click on the “time display” again, Windows Vista should show multiple clocks that you’ve just defined.

How to enable multiple clocks display in Windows Vista?

How to show multiple clocks in Windows Sidebar

Windows Sidebar bundled clock gadget support multiple instance, each with different time-zoneIf system performance is not an issue, Windows Sidebar bundled with a gadget that supports multiple instances of clock showing different time-zone too.

How to show multiple clocks in Windows Sidebar?

Each of the Windows Sidebar gadget comes with 3 standard, tiny button - close, configuration, and move button.Right-click the Windows Sidebar, select “Add gadgets…”, double click on the “Clock” gadget to insert additional instance of clock to Windows Sidebar.

Point the mouse over the new instance of clock, click the little configuration button (with spanner icon), select the time-zone and enter a name for the clock.

If you prefer to view the second hand (the “red moving needle” that indicate second), tick the “show the second hand” check-box and click OK.

How to synchronize Windows date and time with an Internet time server?

To get the precise local time, configure Windows time system to automatically synchronize with an Internet time server.

Turn on Windows time service and enable the Internet time synchronization to get the precise local time.

While at the “Date and Time” dialog box (see how to get this dialog box at above), go to “Internet Time” tab, click “Change settings…” button (Consent UI pop-up unless you’ve tweaked Vista UAC), tick the “Synchronize with an Internet time server” check box, select a time server from default listing (e.g. time.windows.com) and click OK button.

Note: The Windows Time service needs to be enabled for the Windows time synchronization to work. To enable/disable Windows Time service, click the Vista Orb, type services at the Start Search text-box, click “services” icon that appears at the Program list and locate the “Windows Time” service from the Services window.

When is the Daylight Saving Time starts or ends at local time-zone?

If you’re staying at or travelling to northern or southern hemisphere, take note that some of the countries (e.g. US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc) practice time adjustment that introduced by Daylight Saving concept. If you can’t online to check the start/end of daylight saving, Windows Vista can give the hints.

Windows Vista supports daylight saving time

At the “Date and Time” dialog box (see how to get this dialog box at above), the start or end of daylight saving time information is displayed on those known time-zone. For example, the “go back 1 hour” means plus one (+1) go forward means minus 1 (-1) hour.

Note: When you click the “Change time zone…” button for a new time-zone with Daylight Saving practice, remember to tick the “Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time” check-box so that Windows Vista “could be clever” in this subject :-).

Enable Windows Vista to automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time

How to display long date and time format in Windows Vista System Tray?

By default, every Windows editions (including the Vista Ultimate) display the simple hour and minute clock view in System Tray.



With a large display (modern Desktop LCD screen are mostly 17″ or bigger), you may consider to enlarge Windows Taskbar to get a long date and time format displayed in Windows System Tray (not limited to Windows Vista alone).

Windows Vista display multiple calendar view

When you click on the “time display” at the System Tray, there is a date link in the dialog box. Do you know what the function of this link is?



The Windows Vista calendar toggle views when you click on the title bar. The date link is simply used to go back the current date view, as shown in the flash video (embedded with JW Media Player).

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