Setting a Windows 10 timer, stopwatch, or alarm isn’t as intuitive as Android or iOS. Rather than a simple widget or top-bar quick, you have to use a separate app called ‘Alarms & Clock’ to manage your time.
This extra separation prevents many from using the functionality, which is actually fairly well-rounded. The Windows 10 timer, alarm and clock app features a full-screen mode for distance viewing, for example, and you can add individual lap times with the Windows 10 Stopwatch. Each brings in elements of Microsoft’s Fluent Design system to look nice while you’re doing it.
The main annoyance, then, is the lack of integration with the taskbar. For some reason, Microsoft doesn’t let you open the Alarms & Clock app or set a Windows 10 timer directly from the taskbar clock. I’m sure it will fix this with time, but you at least don’t need to install any third-party apps to get a stopwatch on screen. We’re going to show you exactly how to do so, as well as a timer and alarm.
How to Set a Windows 10 Stopwatch, Timer, and Alarm
Everything you need that’s time-related can be accessed via the Alarms & Clock app, which is quite intuitive to use.
- Open Alarms & Clock
- Create a new alarm
- Choose your alarm options
- Use the world clock to add more time zones
If you’re like me, you often need to convert US time zones for events to European ones, or vice versa. In the ‘Clock’ tab, you can press the plus button and type a city name to add to a map of times and use the app as a world clock.
- Set a Windows 10 timer
In the ‘Timer’ tab, you can once again press the plus button to add a new entry. You can add multiple timers in parallel if that use case applies to you. Once you’re done, click the double-arrow button to activate the full-screen mode.
- Turn on full-screen mode
- Start your Windows 10 stopwatch
- Add laps
- Use the stopwatch in full-screen mode