Microsoft Time Zone

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 8, 2009
Updated • Nov 23, 2017
Windows, Windows software

Update: New versions of Windows come with functionality to add multiple clocks to the system. Those are then displayed when you hover over the clock in the system tray or click on it. The information below applies therefore only to older versions of Windows such as Windows XP. End

There is no built-in way to display different time zones if you are using one of Microsoft's operating systems. The clock in the system tray will always display the time of the selected time zone.

Users have to rely on third party programs or the Internet to view multiple time zones at once. One of the possibilities is a small Microsoft application that can be used to display the time of various time zones in the Windows system tray.

The application pulls the information directly from the default time zone list of the Windows operating system which means that every time zone in the world is covered by it.

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You can select the time zones that you want to display there as well. By default five time zones are displayed: London, Los Angeles, New York, New Delhi and Sydney. The software program makes use of balloon tips to display the time zones which means that balloon tips have to be activated for the program to work properly. The easiest way to enable balloon tips again -- should you have disabled them previously -- is by using Microsoft PowerToys.

It takes one click to display the time of all supported locations. A left-click on the system tray icon will display the time zones. A right-click opens up a context menu with configuration options. This can be used to add and remove time zones from the display which allows you to remove locations that you are not interested in, and add others that you may be interested in.

Microsoft Time Zone uses roughly four Megabytes which is acceptable for users who regularly have to check the time in various time zones.

The program is only compatible with Windows XP and requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1.


If you run an older version of Microsoft Windows, you may find the Microsoft Time Zone application useful as it adds support for displaying the time and date of multiple time zones when it is run.

Users on newer versions of Windows may add more clocks using built-in tools. If you use Windows 10 for instance, you'd do the following to add more clocks:

  1. Right-click on the time in the taskbar, and select "adjust date/time" from the context menu that opens up when you do.
  2. Scroll down on the page that opens until you find the option to "add clocks for different time zones" there. Click on that option.
  3. Now you may add two additional clocks by enabling the "show this clock" option, and selecting a timezone for that clock and a descriptive name.

The clocks you add are then shown when you hover the mouse over the clock displayed on the taskbar.

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  1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Does it come back after every “moment” update?

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    simpler, load Autoruns (SysInternals)
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    I wouldn’t disable Defender imho, it has too many hidden roots inside Windows itself. One time I tried to uninstall it using brute force scripts and then the Onedrive feature stopped working definitely. A reinstallation was needed and since those times I prefer to maintain Defender untouched. It’s a better method to install another antivirus and it will disable Defender in a safer and easier mode (e.g., Avast is the best in this way, and also Panda Cloud Free is good too).

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    You can not stop defender from running in background or remove it without some penalty. All you can do is to limit telemetry.

    1. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm


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        I use Linux as my daily driver. It’s far more stable than Windows. When’s the last time you used Linux, 2010?

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  9. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Download Autoruns and remove the checkmark from Windows Defender. It doesn’t remove it, but it will never run.

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    Just use “Defender Control”:

    Per this video,
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    Why would one disable Windows (or Microsoft) Defender in the first place?. I consider this to be playing with fire big time. Everybody knows that if one is using another A-V, Defender will be disabled on its own and won’t be in one’s way.

  13. Ed D said on March 10, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Why would I want to disable Windows Defender in the first place? It’s a great anti virus in my opinion. Been using it since Windows 8 and and never had a problem or a virus. Why mess with a good thing, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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