Windows 10 is pretty basic when it comes to customization options. You can change the accent color, your wallpaper and lock screen background, and that’s about it. You can still use Rainmeter to modify your desktop. You can use TranslucentTB to get a transparent taskbar, and you can use T-Clock to customize the system tray clock.

Customize The System Tray Clock

T-Clock is a free, open-source app that lets you customize the system tray clock. T-Clock also adds a calendar and lets you set alarms, and timers, but if that’s not something you’re interested in, you never have to be bothered with the feature. It won’t override anything else.

Run the app and go to the Clock Text tab if you’re only interested in customizing the system tray clock. You can change the font, the size, apply bold or italic styles, increase line spacing, change its size and position, etc. More importantly, you can change the color of the text and even add a background color to it if you want.

There’s also a Time Format tab which offers more options than Windows 10 does by default. The changes you make are reflected live. Once you’re done customizing everything, you can close the app. If you ever feel like returning to the default look, right-click the clock and quit the app. To recall the app’s settings, right-click the clock and select T-Clock Options.

The right-click context menu options also give you quick access to other settings panels such as the Personalization settings on Windows 10, the Sound properties, the date and time settings, etc.

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T-Clock also supports keyboard shortcuts in case you want to access its other features such as the timer, the calendar, or the stop watch. If you want to enable the app’s calendar, go to the Miscellaneous tab and select the Use T-Clock’s Calendar option. The calendar can be customized but it’s not a good fit for the Windows 10 UI. The default calendar is a far better fit. If you need to view more days/dates then the app’s calendar is a good option. It’s more functional but far less aesthetically pleasing.

If you find the clock is too small to easily read, this app is great. It’s not a huge resource hog and the bold face makes it stand out from the other plain Windows 10 style icons that live in the system tray. You can duplicate the clock on taskbars if you have a multi-monitor set up.

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