How to start and use the Timer in Windows 10

Like many other Windows users, you probably spend a lot of time on your computer and devices, even when doing tasks like cooking. If you don't want to burn down your kitchen, timers can prove to be a really helpful addition. Windows 10 includes a feature called Timer, found in the Alarms & Clock app, which we find really easy to use, even for beginners. In this article we will show where to find the Timer and how to set and remove timers in the simplest way possible. Let's get started:

Where to find the timer in Windows 10

The Timer is included in the Alarms & Clock app. The ways you can follow to open this app were already detailed in one of our previous articles: How To Set, Edit & Remove Alarms In Windows 10.

When Alarms & Clock window opens, select the Timer tab from the upper menu.

How to set a timer in Windows 10

Setting a new timer can be done pretty simpl y. In the Timer section of the Alarms & Clock window, press the "+" button from the lower menu.

The first thing you can do is to name your timer properly. Tap the field under Timer name and start typing a new name.

Next, you can set the Duration of your timer. Select a number of hours, minutes and seconds and press the check button placed at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

To save your timer, press the Save button from the lower menu.

Now your timer is set. You can press the Expand button, so the timer will be displayed on the entire window.

If you press the Expand button, your timer will look like the screenshot below. Press Restore to view your timer in the usual, minimal view.

Press the Play button to start the countdown, in any of the views.

If you want your timer to start again, press the Reset button.

Also, you can pause your alarm by pressing the Pause button.

How to remove a timer in Windows 10

Removing timers using the Alarms & Clock is also very simple. As we already know, all the timers are displayed in the Timer tab. To remove one or more timers, press the Select button from the lower menu bar, found right next to the "+" button.

Now, a Remove button will appear next to each and every time. Press this button to remove one or more timers.

When you finish removing your timers, press the Done button from the lower menu bar, and your remaining timers will be displayed again in the usual view.

When you remove timers, the ones you have already started will continue to work during this process. If you choose to remove them, they will be deleted afterward.

What to do when your timer finishes

When the timer you set will finish, a notification will appear at the lower right corner of the screen. Press Dismiss and you are done. Note that the timer will sound even when your computer is muted. Also, if you listen to music, all the other sounds will be lowered, so you can hear your timer alarm.


Setting timers in Windows 10 can prove to be really useful, especially if you spend a lot of time on your computer. Although the Alarms & Clock app is not new and it was introduced in Windows 8.1, this feature wasn't very popular. Unfortunately, you can't use Cortana to manage your timers, like you can do with alarms, for example. However, you can use Cortana to open the Alarms & Clock app. In the end, we found this app to be really easy to use and, if you are already used to set timers on your smartphone, then this procedure will seem familiar. If you have any question regarding the Alarms & Clock app don't hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.