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Using News Reader

You can receive automatic notifications and read news from RSS newsfeeds of your choice with World Clock News Reader. Notifications popup in the corner above taskbar clocks. Double-click on a notification to read a particular news item in browser.

News notifications in World Clock
News notifications in World Clock

Alternatively, you can open News Reader from World Clock menu. Click the Read news option to open it.

Open News Reader from World Clock menu using the Read news option
Open News Reader from World Clock menu using the Read news option

World Clock News Reader opens up and provides a list of the latest news from your channels with a photo, a brief description, and a link to the full article.

Read the news in World Clock News Reader
Read the news in World Clock News Reader


By default, all channels in the News Reader are turned off. To configure News Reader, open Preferences and navigate to its News reader page.

News reader page in World Clock Preferences
News reader page in World Clock Preferences


News reader options pages allows you to enable, disable, add, and remove news (RSS) feeds that the news reader will check, and change how it notifies you of new articles.

The options in the News reader page are:

  • Channels – shows the news channels (RSS feeds) that World Clock is currently configured to check. A check in the box next to the channel indicates that World Clock will check for updates to the feed, and removing the check will disable checking for that feed. You can add new feeds by clicking the Add button and entering the URL to the RSS feed you want included, and remove a channel by highlighting it in the window (click on it) and then click the Remove button. You can also enable or disable all channels shown in the window with the Enable all or Disable all buttons.
  • Channel settings – shows the URL for the currently highlighted news channel. You can set the interval (in minutes) in which it will check for updates, or allow World Clock to automatically determine the best time interval to check for updates.
  • Show notifications – determines whether World Clock will display a pop-up notification on your desktop when there are new articles available in the news channels that are configured.
  • Fade out automatically – determines whether pop-up notifications of new articles will automatically fade out after a few seconds.

Changing Automatic Fade out Timeout

The default fade out timeout for news notifications is 5 seconds. If the Fade out automatically option is selected, the news window will automatically fade out after this number of seconds. You can change the timeout value in the main section of your World Clock configuration file by introducing the fade_after parameter and assigning it a number of seconds after which the fading process starts. Make sure to restart World Clock after editing the file. The example below shows a 10 second timeout.
[nik:main]
fade_news=1
fade_after=10
Note: fade_after was introduced in World Clock 5.8.1.4644.

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