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Timing things with Alarms

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Video: Timing things with Alarms

There's one app I really like and it's most useful on the road, so using a tablet or maybe a smartphone, for example. It allows you to set up multiple alarms, use it as a timer, even a stopwatch. It's caled alarms. We're going to take a look at it now. You won't see it by default on your start screen, so click the all apps button in the bottom left corner, and that's where you'll see it near the top of the list, alarms. Give it a click. Now from here there are three options, alarm, timer and stopwatch, alarm currently selected.

Timing things with Alarms

There's one app I really like and it's most useful on the road, so using a tablet or maybe a smartphone, for example. It allows you to set up multiple alarms, use it as a timer, even a stopwatch. It's caled alarms. We're going to take a look at it now. You won't see it by default on your start screen, so click the all apps button in the bottom left corner, and that's where you'll see it near the top of the list, alarms. Give it a click. Now from here there are three options, alarm, timer and stopwatch, alarm currently selected.

Notice there's a default alarm already there for you, but it's currently turned off. You can turn it on if you like what you see. You might see something different, like 7:15 by default. It depends if you've made changes to this and you can. Here's how. Just click anywhere inside the rectangle that appears when you move into that area. And now you're editing, so maybe you want to set it to a different time like 7:00 AM. We have circles around the outside representing minutes, and the inside hours.

So lets move it to the seven o'clock hour and up to zero, there we go 7:00 AM is selected. And this is going to be for every day of the week that is the work week. If you want to include Sunday and Saturday, you can click those check boxes. Or maybe you only want this to happen once. I'm going to go back to repeats, now you need to select the days again where you want to use this alarm. So, during the work week I like to get up at 7:00 Perfect. The sound that's going to play is called chimes by default.

There's a play button to hear that. (SOUND) Maybe jingle would be better. (SOUND) I'm going to select jingle. All I have to do now is save my changes clicking the save button. I could delete this alarm altogether, I don't want to do that. Or cancel what I've done so far, let's click save. Notice it's automatically turned on for you, ready to go every weekday morning at 7 am. Let's add another one, maybe a one time alarm And this case you'll see an option here for not only hours and minutes but AM PM and occurance defaulting to once.

So let's say five o'clock I want this to go off. I'm going to go up to zero. Move this to the five o'clock position. It's going to go off once. I'll change it to a different sound. Maybe Bounce, let's play it. Perfect, I'll select Bounce, and save that up. Now I have multiple alarms. And they're both turned on. I can turn any of them off at any time. Maybe you're going to be on vacation, turn that off. And of course you can delete them as well. Just click anywhere inside. Click the Delete icon when you're done with it, and it's gone.

Let's check out the timer now. The timer is great if you need to time something. You can see there's a countdown timer here that can be deleted. You can add additional timers, and you can adjust hours, minutes, and seconds. You might see something different from me here, but as you go to, for example this inside circle and move it around to the left, notice that it's counting down. Til I get to, about, let's say 45 minutes. And 30 seconds, I can use the outside ring, drag that down to 30 seconds.

When I'm ready, I click right in the center, and it starts counting down. Now, at any time, I can restart this, by clicking the restart button. I can pause this, and of course, I can delete it as well. Any time, I can add a new one. Now there's also a stopwatch, which is really the opposite of the timer. It's going to count up. All you do in this case, click the Play to start timing. Now, there are intervals that you can mark with a flag I'd say someone crosses a line right now. You can see I have it at eight seconds.

And that's the split. And it continues until I hit pause. And I can restart this at any time. Very cool. Let's go back to Alarm. Let's press the windows key on the keyboard to return to the start screen. That's a quick look at alarms, a nice little app, especially if you are on the road with your smartphone or tablet.

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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