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The Clock program displays the time using big numbers, which resemble those from a digital clock in real life.  You can download the source code from here:
(9.3 KB)

The compiled program can be downloaded from the Downloads page.  Here is how to make it:

This program uses the following ActiveX controls:

  • Microsoft Windows Common Controls 6.0 (SP6) (MSCOMCTL.OCX)

First, design a Form, which looks similar to this:

The Clock Form
The Clock Form

The Form includes six Image controls (Hour1, Hour2, Min1, Min2, Sec1 and Sec2), four Labels (the colons, one at the bottom for the date (lblDate) and one on the right of the Form to display 'AM' or 'PM' (lblAMPM)), a Timer (timTime - not displayed above) and an ImageList (ImgNum).  The ImageList contains numbers from 1 - 9 and then 0 as images.  You can use the ones, included in the source code ZIP file or you can use your own e.g.:

ImageList Property Pages
ImageList Property Pages

To get the Form to be the topmost on the screen, the following API function and constants need to be declared:

Private Declare Sub SetWindowPos Lib "User32" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, ByVal X As Long, ByVal Y As Long, ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, ByVal wFlags As Long)

The following code needs to be put into the Form Load event.  The centre line sets the window as the topmost window:

Private Sub Form_Load()
lblDate.Caption = Time & " - " & Format(Date, "Long Date")

'Set window as topmost
SetWindowPos hWnd, HWND_TOPMOST, Left / 15, Top / 15, Width / 15, Height / 15, SWP_NOACTIVATE Or SWP_SHOWWINDOW

ClockT.Interval = (1 - (Int(Timer) Mod 1)) * 1000
End Sub

Here is the code for the Timer:

Private Sub timTime_Timer()
On Error GoTo Eror
Dim t As String, H1 As Integer, H2 As Integer, M1 As Integer, M2 As Integer, S1 As Integer, S2 As Integer

t = Time

If Len(Time) = 10 Then t = 0 & t

t = Replace(t, ":", "")
t = Replace(t, " ", "")
lblAMPM.Caption = Right(t, 2)
t = Replace(t, "PM", "")
t = Replace(t, "AM", "")

H1 = Mid(t, 1, 1)
H2 = Mid(t, 2, 1)
M1 = Mid(t, 3, 1)
M2 = Mid(t, 4, 1)
S1 = Mid(t, 5, 1)
S2 = Mid(t, 6, 1)

ClockSet Hour1, H1
ClockSet Hour2, H2
ClockSet Min1, M1
ClockSet Min2, M2
ClockSet Sec1, S1
ClockSet Sec2, S2
lblDate.Caption = Format(Date, "Long Date")

Exit Sub
If Err = 13 Then MsgBox "This program will only work if you set 'Start, Settings, Control Panel, Regional Settings, Time, Time separator:' to ':' (colon).", 16, "Error"
Unload frmClock
End Sub

This code works by firstly creating a string (t) that the program can work with easily e.g. "9:09:28 PM" would be converted into "090928".  Next, the H1, H2, M1, M2, S1 and S2 variables are given values from this string by extracting numbers using the Mid function.  Afterwards, the ClockSet function is given each variable and puts the number for it on the Form.

The code for the ClockSet function is as follows:

Sub ClockSet(Img As Image, Number As Integer)
If Number = 0 Then Number = 10
Img.Picture = ImgNum.ListImages.Item(Number).Picture
End Sub

As the image for '0' is in the number 10 position in the ImageList, the program has to be told to get the image for '0' from this position hence the first line.

The end result should look like this:

The Clock Program
The Clock Program

Additional Information by Martin Allen:

To display the time in a different time zone, just change the following code in the timTime_Timer event:

t = Time


t = Time - 12 / 24

The above example will subtract half a day, or 12 hours.  The first number can be set to the number of hours you want to add or subtract.  E.g. to subtract one hour, change the first number to 1.  To add an hour, use '+' instead of '-' and change the first number to 1.

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From: Brentan
Date: Friday, October 19, 2007 at 10:09:22

for some reason when i tried to create my own clock using your code the line:

Img.Picture = ImgNum.ListImages.Item(Number).Picture

always comes up as method or data member not found.
need help


Have you named your ImageList control ImgNum?  Is the argument 'Img' present in your 'ClockSet' procedure?

Have a look at the source code to compare it to yours.

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Date: Friday, March 23, 2007 at 11:50:39
Comments: i'm from england, gr8 work man, it can be even greater if u cud add alarm to it, in order to alarm the user about n e special event.

All you would need to do is to test whether the current time matches the time you want an event to occur e.g. you could try the following code in the timTime_Timer() event.  Make sure you declare a Boolean variable called Alarm.

lblAMPM.Caption = Right(t, 2)

If Alarm = False Then
t = "080000AM" Then
        Alarm = True
        Shell "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe c:\music.mp3", vbNormalFocus
    End If
End If

If t = "080001AM" Then Alarm = False

t = Replace(t, "PM", "")

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Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 20:05:46
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My question is: Why you need APIs and, image control and OCX, if you can do it with a text box with a font like LCD o some similar. and calling the function TIME, is more easy and the file is more light. Later I will send you my version of clock to you put it on your web. If you can, send me the answer to my mail.

Reply: The API function is used to keep the window above others - it does not have anything to do with the clock code.

I used image controls because I thought they would look better than just using a font - one of the reasons was so that the parts of the number that are off would still be displayed; like in an LED display.

My program does use the Time function.

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Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at 04:43:16
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