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World Clock Appearance in Taskbar

World Clock can run either in the system taskbar, or on the desktop. Appearance settings are controlled differently for these 2 situations. This page describes taskbar appearance settings.

World Clock running in system taskbar using the Illuminator skin
World Clock running in system taskbar using the Illuminator skin

Taskbar skin and other settings of World Clock are controlled on the Appearance in taskbar page in Preferences. All clocks in taskbar use the same skin.

Appearance in taskbar page in World Clock Preferences
Appearance in taskbar page in World Clock Preferences

Changing Taskbar Clock Skin

To change World Clock skin in taskbar:
  • Select another skin in the "Skin" dropdown on the Appearance in taskbar page in Preferences.
  • Unless your taskbar is vertical, try to use a digital skin. There are two types of skins: digital and mechanical (or analog). Digital skins provide better readability in a narrow horizontal taskbar. Mechanical skins have the word Analog in their name. Mechanical skins work better in vertical taskbars or on the desktop where there is more room.
Selecting taskbar clock skin in World Clock
Selecting taskbar clock skin in World Clock

  • When you select a new skin, the Example in Preferences shows how it looks.
World Clock Preferences showing an example of Crystal taskbar skin
World Clock Preferences showing an example of Crystal taskbar skin

Setting Clock Color

Two things collectively contribute to the clock color displayed in taskbar:
  • Skin background. You can turn it on or off on the Appearance in taskbar page in Preferences.
  • Currently active clock highlight. This is a customized color that blends into a clockface in a proportion that you define. The clock color below with the Crystal skin is achieved with all highlights off and the skin background on. You may need to play with these settings as well as with individual highlight properties to get a required color.
Highlights and skin backgrounds collectively contribute to a displayed clock color
Highlights and skin backgrounds collectively contribute to a displayed clock color


Stacking Taskbar Clocks One on Top of Another

World Clock automatically stacks clocks one on top of another in taskbar, if there is enough vertical room.

A stack of 3 clocks in taskbar
A stack of 3 clocks in taskbar

If you want to see several rows of clocks in taskbar but see only one, here are several options:
  • Increase taskbar height. Unlock it first (right-click on any free area in taskbar and un-check the Lock the taskbar option). Then, drag and drop the taskbar border to change its height.
World Clock in taskbar using Classic skin - not enough vertical space for clock stack
World Clock in taskbar using Classic skin - not enough vertical space for clock stack

  • Try using a different digital skin. For example, the Classic skin requires a bit more of vertical space because it uses a frame around clocks. You can try using the Standard system clock skin instead.
Standard System Clock skin - enough space for clock stack
Standard System Clock skin - enough space for clock stack

  • If your skin allows to adjust font size, try to reduce it. Here is an example of taskbar clocks with Plain - Black skin with the default font size, followed by another example with a reduced font size.
Plain Black skin with default font size - not enough space for clock stack
Plain Black skin with default font size - not enough space for clock stack


Plain Black skin with a reduced font - enough space for clock stack
Plain Black skin with a reduced font - enough space for clock stack


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