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Editors' Review Staff Jun 24, 2011

Desktop time and date displays are nothing new to Windows, which traditionally lags behind the aftermarket when it comes to timekeeping. There is no shortage of such displays; most are free, and many reproduce analog clock faces, though most use digital displays. Some are simple and straightforward yet almost completely customizable, like DS Clock from Duality Software. It displays the time and date in a wide range of formats in an unobtrusive, compact linear window. It synchronizes with atomic clocks and time servers around the world. It also displays pop-up reminders using Calendarscope, and it's compatible with Swatch Internet Time and Stopwatches.

DS Clock opened with both its compact time display and its Options dialog, which is divided into two tabs, Clock and Synchronization. DS Clock lets users build their own clock display by entering their preferred sequences (the default is hh:mm:ss tt -MMMM dd.yyyy) with a variety of examples available by clicking the Samples button. Clicking buttons labeled Date, Time, Time Zone, and Separator let us choose from pop-up lists. We could also customize not only the font but also the text and background colors, and set a variety of options such as loading on start-up, locking the window position, and selecting the first day of the week. The Synchronization tab included a long list of time servers to choose from as well as log-keeping options. We clicked a button labeled "How do I add my own time server?" which called up the appropriate page in the program's fully indexed Help file. The process involved modifying the timesvrs.dat file in a text editor, which is easy enough if you need something more than what DS Clock provides. Right-clicking the clock display also accesses the Options and also let us enable or disable the sounds, lock the window position, and open neat little stopwatch apps, as many as we needed. We didn't try the Calendarscope integration, though the associated pop-ups worked well.

We like DS Clock's old school simplicity and flexibility, which let us create the clock display that best suited our needs and park it where it could show us the date and time at a glance without distracting from other windows.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0

  • Windows 10 support
  • Outlined text
  • Westminster chimes


Release November 8, 2017
Date Added November 8, 2017
Version 3.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

DS Clock is a digital desktop clock that displays variable date, time, and time zone information built from the format string. The program allows you to fully customize its look and feel, and can synchronize your computer's clock with Atomic Time Servers. You can select any combination of date, time, and time zone, pick custom colors and fonts, and set custom sound to play at the top of the hour. DS Clock also allows you to show a tool tip window with upcoming reminders of Calendarscope and supports Swatch Internet Time and Stopwatches. Real Westminster chimes are available.