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TClockEx – Free Windows Tray Clock Alternative

by James 28 April 2009 4 Comments

Overview

TClockEx is a freeware program that does not replace the Windows tray clock, it enhances it to show the date and other useful information.

Review

I guess that there are many Windows users that are annoyed by the standard tray clock. If they only would have added an option to display the date too… Anyway, I looked for freeware programs that could replace the standard Windows tray clock and more than a month ago I reviewed Free Desktop Clock 2.2, a good alternative, but not satisfying enough. But then many of you, my readers, came up with great suggestions of other freeware tray clock replacements. CodyPT suggested TClockEX, and I must say that the program impressed me as soon as I installed it. Thanks, Cody ! 🙂 Just look at how it displays the date along with the time, simple and nice.

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Then I wanted to see if I could access the calendar easily. Just left click on the clock and there you go, the calendar pops up. Nice and easy.

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Last but not least, TClockEx is very customizable, you can change the fonts and colours, even the tooltip (you can get CPU and memory usage in the tooltip).

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Now about the memory footprint. As I said, TClockEx does not replace the taskbar clock, it enhances the clock itself, so you won’t see it taking up huge memory resources. The freeware program was developed since 1998 but there were no new versions since March 2000. The author might release the source code if there is anybody brave enough to take the program further.

Version Tested

1.4.2

Author

Dale Nurden

Operating System

Windows All (except Vista)

Download link

Summary

 Shows the date, shows a popup calendar, easy to use.

 Very customizable.

 For some reason the clock won’t display correctly if you use the auto-hide taskbar feature. It’s the only flaw that bothers me.

Rating

Verdict

I have to thank CodyPT again for recommending this freeware program to me, it’s a lot better than the one I was using before and definitely more useful than the standard Windows tray clock. It’s a must have freeware program for any Windows XP user.

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4 Comments »

  • yeo said:

    I have been using Free Desktop Clock after reading your recommendation. Now, I have switched to TClockEx, with no regrets. I like the latter for its simplicity. Thank you, and CodyPT, once again for recommending a wonderful freeware. Looking forward to your next review.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @yeo
    I hope to find good freeware programs from now on too.

  • hack said:

    Thanks,after reading your recommendation, I installed TClockEx and I like it

  • Sean M. said:

    T-Clock is simple, novice-level easy to work with, yet has a very nice GUI. 90%+ of the ‘free tray clocks’ are nag-ware, timed 2 stop working unless you pay; meaning they are $hareware, malware or they open SVCHOST ports U don’t need or want open. Runs off system time, so your SP keeps it accurate enough for normal use. Some tray locks do too much and I don’t need it chiming away or tracking global time zones while MP5 songs blast out and ads fly by! Way too FLASHY & RAM hogs.
    T-Clock is the perfect replacement/enhancement for the generic Windows system-tray analog clock with a LOT more you can do with it. Has ability to tweak colors, fonts, calender & more. Even has an alarm. Uses alsmost no RAM and causes no conflicts starting up when Windows boots-up. 10 out of 10 for finding this, evaluating it for us and enhancing the funtionability of my desktop. I rate it the best basic time augment to any system tray in any build of Windows.
    Cheers!

    Spokane, WA, USA

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