How to create a count down clock

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How to create a count down clock
Start your countdown now on the Internet or on your desktop. (countdown image by Adrian Hillman from

Whether you're counting down to an event, accomplishing a goal or to your next break at work, countdown clocks are fun and practical. There are several ways to create a countdown clock and each depends on what you're counting down toward. You can easily create a countdown clock online that you'll be able to share with friends and access from any computer connected to the Internet. Or, you can easily create and customise a personal countdown clock that sits directly on your desktop. Either option is easy to set up allowing you to start your countdown immediately.

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    Start a personalised countdown timer online by signing up for a free account with one the several countdown clock websites available online (see Resources). Simply create an account and fill out the forms to start and customise your countdown clock. The perk to creating an online countdown timer is that you will be able to share it with friends and family by e-mailing the URL of your timer to them. These websites also allow you to password protect your timer if you want to keep it private. Creating a countdown clock online is a great and free way to keep yourself on time.

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    Create a personal countdown timer by downloading either a Yahoo countdown timer widget or a Google countdown timer gadget for free (see Resources). These countdown timers sit directly on your desktop and sound an alarm alerting you that the countdown has finished. These countdown timers are great for a someone who isn't looking for something that is highly customisable and just displays the countdown without any extravagant images or options. Although generic, these countdown timers are extremely easy to use and set up, you'll be able to start your countdown within minutes.

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    Customise and start a countdown clock by downloading and installing PhanTim3 for free (see Resources). This countdown clock also sits on directly on your desktop. It differs from the other desktop clocks in its customisable options. With an easy-to-use interface, you will be able to set up a countdown clock to your own specifications. You'll also be able to set up multiple countdown clocks, each with their own aesthetic to set them apart from the others. This program is great for user who are looking for personal desktop countdown clock that is highly customisable.

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