Small Clocks to Run on a Desktop


Small clocks for the desktop are a convenient way to tell time while you are working at your computer. Software clocks are graphical representations of real world clocks and sit quietly on the desktop. Some clocks feature alarm functions and stopwatch capabilities. There is a wide array of free clocks to choose from to run in the background of your desktop.

Free Desktop Clock

  • The Free Desktop Clock by Drive Software is a digital display clock featuring a variety of design skins. The clock displays both time and day and can be synchronized with online atomic clock servers. The clock can be customized to start up as Windows starts and to use a transparent background to reduce any visual disturbance.


  • TimeLeft by NesterSoft is a free desktop clock with a lot of functionality. The clock sits in the Windows desktop tray until clicked. It can be used as a standard graphical clock, as well as a timer, stopwatch and notepad. With TimeLeft, you can schedule reminders for yourself to keep track of all your appointments.

Alarm Clock

  • Alarm Clock by Moore Design is a free clock utility that can be used as an alarm. You can upload your own MP3 alarm or use one of the built-in alarm sounds. The clock features a small and simple interface. The clock also comes with a snooze function with a customizable time interval.


  • ClocX is a free graphical analog clock for the desktop. The clock comes with many design skins and many options to customize. ClocX has a built-in calendar with the option to set appointments. The software has 256 modes of transparency for when you want temper any annoyance on your desktop.

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