Apr 8, 2008
Tip and Trick Editorial

Hack to Add Second Hand to Product (RED) Clock Face Sidebar Gadget

Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED signature edition offers a bonus Windows Sidebar gadget – Clock in (RED), which has since been uploaded for free download via Internet. However, the clockr.gadget does not has a ‘second’ moving hand, the pointer that jumps every second to reflect the current time accurate to second.

For users who love to see a second hand on the clock face, use the following hack to add the second hand to the PRODUCT (RED) clock gadget in sidebar.

  1. Download and install PRODUCT(RED) clockr.gadget clock Sidebar gadget.
  2. Open Windows Explorer, and then copy and paste the following path to the address bar:

    %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\clockr.gadget\en-US\js

    Alternative, navigate manually to x:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\clockr.gadget\en-US\js folder, where X represents system drive, and [user name] is your logged on user account.

  3. Right click on settings.js, and then select Edit.

    Edit Clock Settings

  4. Under the section of “function ClockSettings()”, locate the following line of code:

    this.secondsEnabled = false;

    Modify the line to the following by changing “false” to “true”:

    this.secondsEnabled = true;

  5. Save the modified file.
  6. Close the clock gadget, and then restart the gadget (re-add to Windows Sidebar) for the change to take effect. After activating again, the second hand will appear on clock face as shown in illustration.

    PRODUCT (RED) Clock with Second Hand

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