Floating Windows

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Floating window is a small, special window that displays time for a timer, stopwatch, or clock. A timer's window can have special buttons for stopping, starting, or resetting the timer. Floating windows also have buttons that let you resize, close, or temporarily maximize them (to see the buttons, hover the mouse over the window).

You can define a floating window for any item, such as an alarm clock, a timer, clock, or a stopwatch. Each kind of item displays specific information in its floating window:

  • Alarms, Timers, Tasks, and Birthdays display the time remaining until the event.
  • Clocks display the current time on the computer or in the specified region.
  • Stopwatches display the current time count.

A floating window is independent from the main window. Floating windows stick to one another. When they are stuck together, you can move them as one window.

To resize a floating window, drag its bottom right corner (if you hover the mouse over such window, a resizing grip will appear).

To edit an alarm clock or a timer, double-click its floating window.

You can open a context menu with more options for handling a floating window (or for editing the alarm clock or timer related to that window).

Clock, Countdown, Stopwatch, Timer

You can edit floating window settings via the Countdown tab or the Options tab.

Countdown Settings

Show in floating window
To enable the floating window, check this checkbox.
You can select one of the two display modes: a digital mode displaying days, hours, minutes, and seconds, or a round analog mode.
The look of the Analog floating window depends on the item type. A clock has a round face with three hands (for hours, minutes, and seconds). A timer's face has only one hand that moves counterclockwise during the countdown. On a timer's face, there is a color-filled segment corresponding to the time remaining before the end of countdown. The Analog look cannot be used with stopwatches.
Title, Show title
You can enter text and display it in the floating window. The text size will be set automatically, depending on the size of the window.
You can define how to display digit groups in the Digital mode.
In the Layout, you can use separators and the following letters: y (year); M (month), w (week), d (day), h (hour), m (minute), and s (second). Please note that the letter case must be exactly as shown above. The number of characters defines the number of displayed digits.
For example, entering mmmmmmm:ss will display the total number of minutes without days or months.
You can use these codes to display the name of the day of the week for clocks:
Displays the day as an abbreviation (Sun-Sat)
Displays the day as a full name (Sunday-Saturday)
Displays the month as an abbreviation (Jan-Dec)
Displays the month as a full name (January-December)
You can set the window style. The text color is set automatically. In addition to 32 built-in skins, you can use these special styles:
This style defines the window's color (selecting this option will add a color-selection control).
This style lets you make the window transparent, with only text and buttons displayed. You can set up the color of the text.
If you select this style, a random skin will be selected each time Hot Alarm Clock is launched.
You can specify a font for displaying text. You can only select a font name and a font style: bold, underline, or italic. The font color and size will be set automatically.
This option is only available for timers in the Analog mode. It lets you choose a color for filling the segment corresponding to the time remaining before the end of countdown.
Show captions
Checking this checkbox will display explanatory text for digit groups, tick marks, and so on.
Show alarm time
If you check this checkbox, the floating window will display the alarm time in the bottom.
Show buttons
This checkbox is only available for timers and stopwatches. It hides/unhides the buttons used for stopping, starting, or resetting the timer or stopwatch.
Always on top
If you check this checkbox, the floating window will be placed above all non-topmost windows, and will stay above them even when deactivated.
You can define the degree of transparency for the floating window. However, if you hover the mouse over the window, it will temporarily become opaque, to make it easier to handle it.
This slider is only available for clocks in the Analog display mode. It lets you resize the clock.
Full Screen
Clicking this button will maximize the floating window to make it occupy the whole screen. When maximized, the window will behave as usually. This option is handy, for example, to display the countdown or time count when using a projector.