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Never forget anything again thanks to windows 10 alarms

Something that is becoming more and more common among a large number of users is that they spend a good amount of hours sitting in front of the PC. For one reason or another, whether for work, personal, or leisure, a good part of the day is spent on Windows. That is why we often forget many of the things we have to do, but the commented system can help us. Now we are going to talk about the easiest way to set alarms in Windows 10 to help us.

We tell you all this because, for those who do not know it at first, the Redmond operating system can help us a lot in this regard. What we mean by this is that we can make Windows 10 itself warn us when the time comes when we have to do a task. This is something that we achieve quickly and easily, thanks to one of the UWP applications that we find pre-installed.

This means that to benefit from all this that we tell you, it will not be necessary to install anything additionally on the PC. Thus, Windows has its own alarm app that has often gone unnoticed by users. However, they can be very useful, all we have to do is open it and configure it.

How to open and use the Windows 10 Alarms and Clock app

Once we know all this, say that in order to access this UWP application that we mentioned, we access the Start menu, for example. We have already told you that it is integrated into the operating system itself, so we have to locate its corresponding entry in this section, specifically the one called Alarms and Clock. Once we see the access to the tool itself, we only have to click on it.

Once we get to this point, to begin we will tell you that the Alarms and clock is divided into several categories. These can be seen from the start on the left side of the main interface of the program. The section that interests us the most in this case is the so-called Alarm, since it is precisely the most appropriate to establish an alert to warn us in Windows.

This function will allow us to set alerts in the form of alarms at a specific time and on specific days so that we do not forget anything. Say that this is something that we can configure by just clicking the Add an alarm button located at the bottom right of the main interface.

Add alarms in Windows 10

Once we start the process as such, here we can configure the time as well as the name of the alarm that we are creating, the frequency with which it will repeat, the tone it has, etc. As we will see in a moment, there are many customizable parameters that we can use here. All of them serve to make things easier for us when it comes to receiving certain personalized notices while we work on the Windows 10 PC.

At the same time we will have the possibility to indicate that this alarm that we are creating and personalizing, is repeated over time. We can also leave it defined in the Alarms and clock app to use it when we need it in the future. It is also important to know that we can set and save here, as many alarms as we want to use them when we need that alarm.

Once the alarm is created, we will see how it appears established in the central panel within the «Alarm» section. Here we can see all the alarms that we have been creating. In each of them, it will offer us information about the established time and the days of the week. We can also deactivate the alarm without having to delete it by clicking on the blue button that appears in the upper right part of each alarm.

Edit alarms

Once we have created an alarm, it may be the case that we need to be able to modify the time or any of the chosen parameters. In the event that we want to change the time to wake up or in case the meeting time has changed and we need to change the alarm, it is not necessary to delete it and recreate it as we have the option of being able to edit it.

To do this, we are going to right-click on the alarm that we want to change. A panel will appear where we must choose the “Edit” option. In this way, the alarm configuration panel will appear again, where we can modify the time, day, sound, time interval and even the name we gave it. Once the changes are finished, click on «Save» to confirm them.

Delete Alarms

The Windows 10 Clock and Alarms application will not allow you to configure as many alarms as we want. This is something that can be very useful if we want to use it as a reminder. We can set an alarm to wake up, another to set a break, another to go to a meeting, etc. Although it is possible to have all the alarms that we want, it is a good idea to eliminate all those that we no longer need to keep the panel cleaner and tidier, keeping only those that we need.

To delete an alarm, just click with the right button on the input of the alarm that we want to delete. A small panel will appear where we will click on the “Delete” option, and in this way it will disappear from the panel.

Alternatives to the Windows 10 Alarms and Clock app

In the event that the Windows 10 Clock and Alarms application does not convince us, it is possible to opt for some third-party applications that can be very useful and with a greater number of functions. That is why we are going to introduce you to three good alternatives that we can download and use for free.

and Timer

This application allows us to create alarms and configure them in days, hours, minutes and seconds, appearing a pop-up window each time the account reaches zero. We can also configure it to run a program or open a URL in the browser once the timer goes off.

The application is in English and to create an alarm it will only be necessary to press the New button in the sidebar. This will allow us to create two types of alarms, the typical countdown or establish a specific time for daily reminders. yTimes is a Freeware licensed program, so it is completely  free and can be downloaded from the  developer’s website.

Alarm Stickies

This program will allow us to configure and establish alarm reminders on our computer, a notification will appear automatically on the screen to notify us at the time. It also allows us to permanently record recurring events such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc., so that we can receive alerts a few days in advance. All alarms and reminders will be displayed in one place from where to modify or delete them. In addition, it is possible to receive notifications with sound, although this cannot be customized

We can download Alarm Stickies for free from its  website, being compatible with Windows 7/8/10. The app is devoid of advertising, pop-ups, and donation request.

Realarm

It is an intuitive application with which to create and configure alarms. We can set alarms for specific days of the calendar and with customizable voice commands. It also allows you to set random sounds, a custom snooze period, custom recurrence, and a calendar preview with all set alarms. Also, it is possible to perform a restore backup

As a curiosity, to say that it allows us to turn off the alarm through a mathematical test, which we will have to solve so that it stops ringing. In this way it will force us to wake up, think and set the result to turn off. A very interesting option for the sleepy ones. We can download Realarm from the Microsoft Store.

Developer: Viktor Szekeress

Setting the tone of Casio watches in Windows

It is quite possible that most of you, plus veterans, are familiar with the double beep that digital clocks once made every hour. This function helped us to know when the hours passed without having to look at the clock. But of course, on certain occasions you could also say that this was a bit annoying, especially if there were many digital clocks in the room. Nowadays these devices are used less and less and to a great extent it has been supplanted by the Smartphone or the SmartWatch.

Similarly, on the Windows PC we always have a clock in sight that tells us the time. In fact, as we have seen before, we can even set custom alarms in the operating system. Despite all this, neither Windows nor the mobile phone offer us the possibility of reproducing a beep every hour, like the old digital clocks. That is why we are going to show you how to do it in Windows below. This means that the system emits a beep every hour on the dot. We achieve this thanks to a simple script and an audio file.

Create a script to play a tone every hour in Windows

The first thing we will do for this that we tell you, will be to look for the alarm tone that we want to run every hour in Windows. The operating system itself has several, although we can use any that we like from the Internet, preferably in Wav format. We can also not opt ​​for the tone that the old Casio watches emitted, a tone that you can download directly from this link. With everything and with this, we can use many other tones that we can find online, we do not have to limit ourselves to this one that we offer you. For example, we can access this link where we will find many other Casio audios to use here.

It is worth mentioning that Windows does not allow you to create a scheduled task to play a sound every so often. But we are going to achieve it using a script but that Windows can execute without any problem. Well, once we know this, we leave the script we refer to below. With everything and with this, if you do not want to copy it in Notepad, for example, the vbs file that we must create with it, we also leave you next to the tone in the link indicated above.

Option Explicit
Dim sound : sound = «C:Casio F-91W Hour Chime.wav»
Dim o : Set o = CreateObject(«wmplayer.ocx»)
With o
.url = sound
.controls.play
While .playstate <> 1
wscript.sleep 100
Wend
.close
End With
Set o = Nothing

Here the only thing we have to change is the file path and specify our own, where we save our file.

Set up a scheduled task for the hourly chime

Of course, in order for the script to run automatically every hour, we must create a scheduled task in Windows. This will be the one that will activate the script that plays the sound specified in it, every hour. We do this by opening Task Scheduler by typing its name in the search box, for example.

On the screen we will see a new window from which we must configure the scheduled task to run every hour. The first thing we will do is go to the Action / Create task menu, we will write the name of it and its description.

In the Triggers tab we create a new one from the corresponding button that we see below and this must start on a specific day at a specific time. In addition, here we must indicate that we want it to be repeated every hour, while we make sure that the Enabled button is marked.

Once this is done we go to the Actions tab to create a new one where we make sure to choose the option Start a program, where we load the file with the script that we want to run.

And you’re all set, from the date and time specified in the task, the script will start to work and every hour the script will be executed emitting the tone in Windows.

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