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Put a digital clock in a corner of the screen with GeekTool Apps
Since Lion, I love using my always-open apps (Chrome and iTunes) in full-screen mode, but I want to know what time is it without using the mouse or keyboard. I figured out a way to do it using a widget with GeekTool.

Making the widget
Open the application and drag a new Shell element onto the desktop. Edit it in the Properties window in this way:
In the Command section, insert date + followed without spaces by one of these commands:
%R or %H:%M to have a 24h clock;
%l:%M to have a 12h clock (put " "%p after your text if you want to show am/pm).
After that, check Keep on Top and set 1 (or less frequent value) in the Refresh every X s text field.
Now you can customize all the other properties as you want, like font, color and background; I like to use it in Lucida Grande 14 pt (the same as the system digital clock in the menu bar).

Download the widget
If you want, you can download my Geeklet by right-clicking on this text and selecting "Save link as...". It has enabled a white shadow that makes it visible over dark pages without having to set a opaque light background.

[kirkmc adds: Back in the day, I used GeekTool a lot. I didn't know it was on the Mac App Store, so if only for that, it's worth looking at. It's come a long way since I last used it, with some really interesting possibilities and much easier configuration.]
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Put a digital clock in a corner of the screen with GeekTool
Authored by: 5chm31din6 on Sep 12, '12 11:06:09AM

Tons of great geeklets and ideas can be found at macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/.

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Put a digital clock in a corner of the screen with GeekTool
Authored by: dpmcintyre on Sep 12, '12 12:17:45PM

I always have liked http://www.splook.com/Software/Simple_Floating_Clock.html

since Apple took away the clock desklet in Leopard.



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Authored by: babbage on Sep 13, '12 06:17:51AM

Right — because if there's one thing computers have been missing all these years, it's a digital clock in the corner of the screen.

*cough*

:-)

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Authored by: kirkmc on Sep 13, '12 06:52:04AM

In full-screen mode, you don't see the menu bar.

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Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Sep 17, '12 10:23:28AM

That's why it's full screen mode. If you want to see the menu bar don't use full screen mode. ;)

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Put a digital clock in a corner of the screen with GeekTool
Authored by: Savaot on Sep 13, '12 10:18:48AM

Thanks for the posting and the tip, however I have some issues.

Is it Mountain Lion compatible?
According to Geektool3 User's Guide: "An empty black translucid area will sit on the desktop, with the inspector palette ready for you to configure this geeklet."
I cannot see Inspector palette.
Also as kirkmc pointed: "In full-screen mode, you don't see the menu bar." If that is related to my problem, how can I switch from full-screen mode to another screen mode?
And with kirkmc's downloded Geeklet how can I used it? Drag and drop doesn't work. I open it with right click and run it but nothing happens.
I appreciate your help.



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