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Stopwatch

A stopwatch is a timing instrument to time things such as races. You start it when something starts, and stop when it ends. It shows an elapsed time between start and end. Stopwatches count the time up from a particular moment. In this respect, they are different from countdown timers that count the time down. Here is an example stopwatch that shows sailing around the world time.

Stopwatch in Windows taskbar along with Casablanca clock
Stopwatch in Windows taskbar along with Casablanca clock

Creating Stopwatch

To create a stopwatch in World Clock, right-click on any clock and select the Add stopwatch option.

Add stopwatch menu in World Clock
Add stopwatch menu in World Clock

Another way to create a stopwatch is from Preferences. When any clock node is selected in navigation tree, click the Add button below it and then select the Stopwatch option on Select Type of New Object dialog.

Creating a stopwatch using World Clock Preferences
Creating a stopwatch using World Clock Preferences

Configuring Stopwatch

When you create a new stopwatch, a new node is created in Preferences. It may look like this:

New stopwatch settings in World Clock Preferences
New stopwatch settings in World Clock Preferences


The options here are:
  • Location - defines time zone for stopwatch when its "Start date and time" is set.
  • Label - stopwatch label (displayed on stopwatch).
  • Start date and time - optional field that determines when stopwatch starts running. When not set, you can start stopwatch at any time manually.
  • Action on double-click - determines what happens when stopwatch is double-clicked.
  • Show this stopwatch - taskbar / desktop switch for stopwatch location.

Stopwatch Time Formats

Stopwatches can print time in different ways. How exactly? You can configure it on the Time and date display options subnode.

Built in stopwatch time formats in World Clock Preferences
Built in stopwatch time formats in World Clock Preferences

Stopwatch Format Examples

  • %D %Dn %h %hn %m %mn - %D days %h hours %m minutes
Stopwatch using "%D %Dn  %h %hn %m %mn" time format
Stopwatch using "%D %Dn %h %hn %m %mn" time format

  • \n%D %Dn %h %hn - %D days %h hours on a new line
Stopwatch using "\n%D %Dn  %h %hn" time format
Stopwatch using "\n%D %Dn %h %hn" time format

  • \n%D %Dn %02h:%02m:%02s - %D days HH:mm:ss on a new line
Stopwatch using "\n%D %Dn %02h:%02m:%02s" time format
Stopwatch using "\n%D %Dn %02h:%02m:%02s" time format

See countdown timers for a detailed description of all available time formatters.

Starting and Stopping Stopwatches

To control stopwatch, put mouse pointer over black triangle. When you do it, stopwatch control panel appears. In the screenshot below, you see Pause button that allows you to pause the stopwatch.

Pause button in stopwatch control panel
Pause button in stopwatch control panel


A paused stopwatch will instead show Run button on its control panel, as on the screenshot below. It resumes stopwatch.

Run button in stopwatch control panel
Run button in stopwatch control panel


Stopwatch control panel on screenshots above consists of only one button: either Pause or Run, depending on stopwatch state. That's because we used a stopwatch example that counts time from a specific time moment.

If there is no stopwatch starting point, we get another variation of stopwatch that can be started, stopped, or reset at any time. For this kind of stopwatch we get another button in control panel - Reset. It sets stopwatch reading to zero.

Pause and Reset buttons in stopwatch control panel
Pause and Reset buttons in stopwatch control panel


Run and Reset buttons in stopwatch control panel
Run and Reset buttons in stopwatch control panel


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