You have probably set alarms on your phone a million times before you did that on your smartphone, so it might seem that there’s nothing interesting about it. Well, setting alarms on your PC is probably less common, but much more useful than you thought it would. This feature was first introduced in Windows 8.1 and it was preserved in Windows 10 with some minor changes. This might prove to be just the tool to boost your productivity, especially if you spend a lot of time using your computer. In this article we will show you how to manage your alarms manually, in Windows 10 or using Cortana which will do most of the work by herself:
NOTE: Your alarms won't sound when your PC is shut down or in sleep mode. However, if your device has InstantGo , your alarms can sound when your Windows 10 computer or device is in Sleep mode.
How to open the Alarms & Clock app in Windows 10
There are a few easy methods you can use to open this app. One of them is to open the Start Menu , scroll to the “A” letter and press “Alarms & Clock ” .
Another fast way to open the app is to type “alarms” in Cortana’s search box.
Also, you can ask Cortana to open the app by saying “Open alarms and clock”
Now, when the Alarms & Clock app window opens, go to the Alarms tab, in the upper menu.
How to add an alarm in Windows 10
If you are used to setting alarms on your smartphone, the procedure might appear to be similar. In the Alarms & Clock window click or tap the New button shaped as a plus sign.
The first thing you can do is set the alarm time, by selecting the hour and the minute you want it triggered.
Use the Up and Down buttons or scroll to select the appropriate time. Below you’ll notice the time left before the alarm will sound.
The next thing you can do is set a name for your new alarm. Click or tap the text box below Alarm name and start typing.
Next, you can choose how often your alarm occurs. By default, the alarms are set to sound only once, but it you want it to sound it in certain weekdays, tap Only once to uncheck this option and start checking the boxes next to the days that interest you.
Now, it’s time to select a tune for your alarm. Press Sound and select a tune from the drop down menu. You can listen to the available sounds by pressing the Play button placed at their left. Unfortunately, you can’t customize the list of sounds and you can only use the tunes in the list.
You can also set the Snooze time by selecting a time frame from the drop down menu.
Finally, when you’ve finished setting everything, you need to press the Save button from the lower part of the app window.
Now, your alarm is set. You can turn off the alarm at any time by pressing the switch located at the right side of your alarm.
The Alarms & Clock app window will display all the alarms you set.
Go to the next page of this tutorial to learn how to remove an alarm that you set in the Alarms & Clock app, learn how to manage your alarms with Cortana and what to do when an alarm sounds in order to stop it or snooze it.