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How to Set an Alarm in Windows 11

Written by Wyatt Surrey

The procedure is hardly alarming.

Alarms are an integral part of our life. We can only imagine the terror and chaos we would face every day without these selfless machines. Initially, the only way to access and own alarms was to use clocks. This is still the case in some parts of the world, and according to personal preferences.

Alarm clocks quickly turned into phones when the world embraced technology. Today we are moving deeper into a more digitized planet, where even bigger electronic devices like laptops and PCs have alarms! These greats can wake you up or remind you of something in an instant! Provided they are on.

Windows 10 could do it. Windows 11 can do it too, only better. So, when Windows 11 becomes the universal level of advancement for the Microsoft world, here is how you can set alarms on the new operating system.

How to set an alarm in Windows 11

First, click on the “Search” icon in the taskbar. Yes, the upgrade pushed all the icons to the center of the page! If you do not click and place the cursor on the “Search” icon, a search bar will appear. You can also click on this bar. Both would lead to the same search page.

In the search bar of the next page that appears, type “alarm”. There will be a “Best Game” section on the left showing the “Alarms & Clock” app and the same would be opened in an elaborate fashion on the right. You can click on the former or on the ‘Open’ option under the latter’s logo. Both work the same.

The “Alarms and clock” page opens. Select the “Alarm” option from the list of options on the left.

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Editing alarms

Once the “Alarm” option is selected, a default alarm times preview box will appear on the right. You can edit the alarm by clicking anywhere on this box.

The “Edit alarm” window will now be open. Here you can change the time by clicking the up or down arrows in the hours and minutes sections. Or you can manually enter the time. You can also customize the name of the alarm in the box under the time section.

The “Snooze alarm” option is if you want the alarm to go off at the same time every day. If not, you can uncheck the box in front of this option. If you don’t want your alarm clock to run throughout the week, you can check off certain days off by simply clicking on one of the abbreviations used to represent the days of the week.

You can change the sound of your alarm by clicking the box next to the musical note icon. Here, the choices of sounds are quite limited.

You can also change the repeat intervals by clicking the box next to the repeat clock icon. If you want to stop snoozing and get out of bed as soon as possible, the “Off” option in the snooze drop-down list is for you.

Once you have made all the necessary changes to your new alarm, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the “Edit Alarm” box.

The alarm now appears in the “Alarm” section of the “Alarms & Clock” application.

Adding new alarms

If you want to add more alarms to existing alarms, click the “+ Add Alarm” button in the lower right corner of the Alarms page.

You will be taken to the same procedure for setting an alarm as explained in the first section of this guide.

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To note: Since there is no AM / PM button, the time will be in 24 hour format, not 12 hour format.

Deleting alarms

The pencil icon next to the “Add Alarm” button reads “Edit”. But, this button is precisely to suppress alarms. Changes to alarms can be made simply by clicking on one of the alarm preview boxes.

When you click on the pencil icon or the “Edit Alarms” button, all alarm boxes fade and highlight the trash can icon in each of their upper right corners. You can click this icon on the alarm (s) you want to delete. After deleting, select the “Done” button in the lower right corner.

The deleted alarm is now off the list.

Activate / deactivate alarms instantly

On the main “Alarms” page, where alarm previews are visible, each preview box will have a toggle bar in its upper right corner. You can instantly turn off an alarm by clicking this toggle. Make sure the toggle is now black and white and not another color. Activating an alarm requires the same step, but here the toggle will be colored.

As long as your Windows 11 device is on, you will be notified of any alarms you have set for yourself. As a reminder, alarms can also be used as reminders!

About the author

Wyatt Surrey

Wyatt Serrey has spent over 17 years working in the tech industry and also been a Windows fan since he used Windows XP on his computer. He loves to help and teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps.

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