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Dark Rider

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I can't find the right setting. I know I used to be able to change the style of this clock ( perhaps with XP) , Windows gave you lots of fancy options/styles to change this clock to. I need to use a different style because this desktop is so bright it washes out the time and I can't see it.
 

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    Windows 8 64 bit
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    HP Pavillion G7-2251dx
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    AMD A-8 4500M
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    8 Gigabytes DDR3 sdram
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    Discrete ATI Radeon HD 7640G with 2 Gigs
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    IDT Audio
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    17.3
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    500 gig
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Hello Dark Rider,

I haven't test this in Windows 8, but you might see if the free program Atomic Alarm Clock may work for you. It allows you to change the skin of the clock.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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    Custom self built
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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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Dark Rider

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Hello Dark Rider,

I haven't test this in Windows 8, but you might see if the free program Atomic Alarm Clock may work for you. It allows you to change the skin of the clock.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn


I tried it already.. LOL.. and many other apps that I found. Seems they like Windows 7 but not windows 8.

Even my beloved app to uninstall things from a right click menu from a desktop shortcut won't work in Win 8. For me, it's a Must Have app.

Edit: I realize one reason for my problem not being able to see the clock clearly is that the taskbar is transparent. A google search turns up there is No Way to change this transparency on the taskbar. They say this was done by design. It sucks. If I could make the numbers black instead of white that would help but there is no option for this either.

Came across this post here which confirms it: http://www.eightforums.com/customiz...ch-while-running-full-screen-application.html
 
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  • OS
    Windows 8 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion G7-2251dx
    CPU
    AMD A-8 4500M
    Memory
    8 Gigabytes DDR3 sdram
    Graphics Card(s)
    Discrete ATI Radeon HD 7640G with 2 Gigs
    Sound Card
    IDT Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
    Hard Drives
    500 gig
    Internet Speed
    3.5 mb/sec

Dark Rider

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I wanna bump this cus I Really need a solution. This task bar clock isn't worth having at all if it's not readable.

Are others having this problem?

O.k. this is funny. I was gonna take a snipping tool screen shot to show you guys how bad it is and I realized I had to un-auto hide the task bar to do it. Turns out it's only transparent in auto hide mode. In regular mode it's solid enough to read the clock.. still a lil washed out but readable. So leaving it in regular mode will solve my problem but that's annoying leaving it in this mode too. I can't win it seems.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion G7-2251dx
    CPU
    AMD A-8 4500M
    Memory
    8 Gigabytes DDR3 sdram
    Graphics Card(s)
    Discrete ATI Radeon HD 7640G with 2 Gigs
    Sound Card
    IDT Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
    Hard Drives
    500 gig
    Internet Speed
    3.5 mb/sec

Hopachi

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Edit: I realize one reason for my problem not being able to see the clock clearly is that the taskbar is transparent. A google search turns up there is No Way to change this transparency on the taskbar. They say this was done by design. It sucks. If I could make the numbers black instead of white that would help but there is no option for this either.

Hi there,

The good news is you can do both: non-transparent taskbar and black clock text!

Use Aerolite instead of normal theme.

To skip you the editing part, use the theme in zip attachment.

To look at how it's done see this:
http://www.eightforums.com/customiz...-ui-change-title-text-color-4.html#post147866
http://www.eightforums.com/customization/13957-change-taskbar-opacity.html

Hope this helps.
 

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    Windows 10 x64
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    Laptop
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    HP Envy DV6 7250
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    Intel i7-3630QM
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    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
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    16GB
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    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
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    That's basically it.
Stardock's window blinds for windows 8 can do it with the right skin:

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This is one I downloaded & tweaked a bit called Parchment. :)
 

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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    Gateway
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    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
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    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
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    Instruction
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