Windows 10 and 11 have their own system tray clock, but it’s kind of small. Would you prefer to have a larger clock to check the time with on your PC?
If so, you can add bigger and better desktop wallpaper and screensaver clocks to Windows 10 and 11 with third-party software packages. Here is how you can add real-time desktop wallpaper and screensaver clocks to Windows 10 and 11 with Dexclock and Fliqlo.
How to Add a Desktop Wallpaper Clock to Windows 10 and 11
Dexclock is freeware software that embeds a wallpaper clock on the Windows desktop. It includes four alternative desktop clock wallpapers for you to choose from. You can add real-time working clocks to the desktop with Dexclock as follows.
- Open the Dexclock website.
- Click the Download link on that website.
- Press the Download Dexclock 1.3 button.
- Click the File Explorer taskbar button to open Windows 11’s file manager.
- Open the folder that includes the downloaded Dexclock setup wizard.
- Double-click dexclock_13_r39.exe to open the setup window.
- Select a language on the Installer Language window, and click the OK button.
- Press the Next button, and select the I agree option.
- Click Browse to choose a different destination folder for Dexclock.
- Then click Next to install Dexclock.
- Double-click the Dexclock desktop shortcut to run the software. Dexclock will then automatically add one of its clock wallpapers to the desktop.
You can select different wallpapers and configure them via the Choose Wallpaper Clock window. To open that window, double-click the Dexclock system tray icon. Then you can select A Cheshire Kitten, Kiwi Kiwi, Letter Eater, and Squares1 clock wallpaper options from there. All those wallpapers include real-time clocks and dates on them and look quite snazzy.
You can change the position and clock format for all wallpapers. Click the Position drop-down menu to select Stretch, Tile, Fit, Fill, and Center options. Deselect the default Use 24-hour format option to switch to a 12-hour clock. Press the Apply button to save all new settings selected within the Choose Wallpaper Clock window.
The desktop will not include the clock wallpaper when Dexclock isn’t running. If you want the clock wallpaper to always be on the desktop, you’ll need to add Dexclock to the Windows startup. You can do that by right-clicking Dexclock’s system tray icon and selecting Settings there. Then select the Start automatically with Windows option, and click the OK button.
How to Add a Flip Clock Screensaver to Windows 10 and 11
You can add a flip clock screensaver to Windows 10/11 with Fliqlo. Fliqlo is a screensaver that displays a real-time flip clock with large numerals on a black background. As it has large numerals, the screensaver’s clock is clearly visible from a distance. This is how you can add the Fliqlo clock to Windows 11.
- Open Fliqlo’s webpage in a browser.
- Click the Download button for Fliqlo version 1.5.1. Make sure you don’t download the Mac version.
- Open the folder that includes Fliqlo’s ZIP file within File Explorer.
- Double-click Fliqlo’s ZIP to open the archive.
- Click Extract all to open File Explorer’s unzip tool.
- Press the Browse button. Choose a path for the extracted archive, and click the Select Folder button.
- Select the Show extracted files when complete option if it’s not already selected by default.
- Then click Extract to open the extracted archive.
- Right-click the Fliqo.scr screensaver file in the extracted folder to select Show more options.
- Select the Install context menu option.
When you’ve installed Fliqo, you’ll need to select it to be the screensaver. You can do that via the Screen Saver windows much the same as any other. These are the steps for selecting the Fliqo screensaver.
- Press the Win + S keyboard shortcut, which will open the Type here to search box.
- Type the keyword screensaver in the search tool’s text box.
- Click Change screensaver within the search utility.
- Then select Fliqo on the Screensaver drop-down menu shown directly below.
- Press the Preview button to view the Fliqo screensaver.
- Enter an idle time for the screensaver to come on after within the Wait box.
- Click Apply to save the new screensaver settings.
- Select OK to exit the window.
You can also configure additional options for the Fliqo screensaver. To do so, press the Settings button on the Screensaver Settings window. Then you can change the clock’s format by clicking the Hour format button on the window shown directly below. Drag the Scale bar’s slider left and right to adjust the clock’s size. You can change the brightness by dragging the slider on the Brightness bar. Press OK to close Fliqo’s settings, and select Apply to save them.
Now leave your PC idle for whatever wait time you set for the screensaver. Then the Fliqo flip clock screensaver will appear. It’s a good alternative to the somewhat boring screensavers that come with Windows these days.
If you don’t want to wait for the clock screensaver to come on, set up a desktop shortcut for it. To do that, open the extracted Fliqo folder in File Explorer. Right-click the Fliqo.scr file there and select Show more options. Select Send to and Desktop (create shortcut) on the context menu. Then you can double-click the Fliqo.scr shortcut on the desktop to immediately activate and view the clock.
You can even turn the Fliqo.scr desktop shortcut into a screensaver hotkey. Right-click the Fliqo’s desktop shortcut and select Properties. Click in the Shortcut key box shown directly below, and press the C key. Select the Apply and OK options to save the new hotkey. Press the new Ctrl + Alt + C key combination to activate the flip clock screensaver and check the time.
Add Better Clocks to Windows 10 and 11 With Dexclock and Fliqo
Both Dexclock’s and Fliqo’s clocks are bigger and better than the ones on the Windows 10 and 11 taskbars. Dexclock adds both great clocks and wallpapers to the desktop. Fliqo provides a stylish screensaver to check the time with. They’re especially useful clocks for users who prefer to hide the taskbar in Windows 10 and 11.
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