You can use Windows 10’s built-in alarm feature to set your alarms if you like so you don’t need to have an alarm clock anymore. It’s not a viable solution for people who don’t keep their computers on when they are sleeping because the alarm only works when the computer isn’t sleeping which is why the old fashioned alarm clock as a self-contained item on your night stand is still a better choice for most sleepers.

That said, there are other times when people want to use alarms that fall outside of waking up from a full night’s sleep, and many of those occasions could be times when a computer, laptop or tablet is not currently in a sleeping state. Those times would make perfect sense to delve into the alarm that Microsoft offers in Windows 10.


Surprisingly to some, there is no easy way to set reminders in Windows 10. If there is it isn’t clear where exactly one would find it when browsing the operating system or even the revised Settings application that plays host to most of the individual settings for just about everything these days. The best we could come up with was some third-party applications available from the Windows Store, and they were all frighteningly ineffective and just not well thought out or developed. None are close to what I would expect from Microsoft if they were to create one themselves.

You can use the alarm feature that Windows 10 has for your reminders as well. Perhaps it’s a given that people would, and that’s why they haven’t created a separate app for it. The alarm application lets you change the name of the alarm, so you can remind yourself just what exactly the alarm going off is for in case you forget or want to set the alarm for different things. For example, if you wanted an alarm set to remind yourself to take the turkey out of the oven in an hour and forty-five minutes, you can label your alarm “Turkey in the oven, ” and that’s what you’ll see when the alarm eventually sounds.

You can also set alarms that double as reminders for different things at the one time. There’s no limit to how many alarms you can have going off over the course of the day; the only thing is you can have one alarm per minute because the alarm doesn’t allow for seconds.

How to Use Alarms in Windows 10

The Alarm application is available from the Start menu. To find it, click on the “Start” button on the bottom left side of the taskbar.

You shouldn’t have to scroll down the list too far, if at all, because the letter “A” is the closest to the top for your applications that get listed in alphabetical order in the All Apps list. Click on the “Alarm and clock” application from the All Apps list.

The Alarms and clocks app doesn’t have anything turned on by default, so you’ll need to put the toggle to the on position by clicking on it, and then you can start adjusting its settings for that alarm. To get started with changing the settings for the alarm that is now turned on, just click anywhere between where it gives you the time of the alarm and the toggle.

Choose the time for your alarm under the Edit alarm heading and then choose the name for the alarm when it shows you the Alarm name heading

Scroll down a bit further and then select the sound and snooze time if you want them adjusted from the default options of “Chimes” and “10 minutes” and then don’t forget to click on the “Save” button available at the bottom of the window, because without it, your settings won’t be saved for the alarm. It’s pretty easy to tell if you have saved your alarm preferences or not because after you click on the Save button, it takes you back to the main page of the alarms window, just like you saw when you first opened up the application at the beginning of the guide.

You’ll need to open up the Alarm application from the Start menu again and toggle the switch off when you no longer want it waking you are the time you have set. It isn’t an alarm that just is one and done. It continues to go off at the same time you have set until you toggle the switch back.

Using Your Laptops as an Overnight Alarm in Windows 10

I’ve read the write-ups that Windows has done for its own alarm software and it kind of makes it sound as though you can rely on this alarm even with the computer off, or at least I’d be surprised if that isn’t what many people were thinking after reading what Microsoft has to say about it. You don’t want to try that. It won’t work.

If you must use your laptop as an overnight alarm, you’ll need to make sure that the computer doesn’t turn off. You can make that happen from the Settings in Windows 10 if you’re interested in achieving that. The best way to do it is by changing what the laptop lid does when you close it, so you can close the lid, keep the dust out, keep the laptop nice and safe, and still get woken by the alarm because it (the machine) isn’t turned off. You should only do this when you need to, and I don’t recommend doing this all the time because you will likely end up having to replace your laptop quicker than you otherwise would have because it’ll be clocking up all these extra hours of use for the piddly reason of needing an alarm. Just go out and buy a cheap clock that comes with an alarm instead; it’s the wiser financial choice and by some margin.

To make sure the power doesn’t turn off when you close the laptop’s lid, click on the small arrow that’s available in the system tray toward the right side of the taskbar (the bar that runs along the bottom of your screen.) Next right-click on the battery icon that is available and then click on the “Power Options” link.

Note: You only get the battery icon from the system tray if you use laptops because desktop computers don’t have batteries. If you need to keep a desktop computer from turning off, then you should check out how to change your power settings and adjust them accordingly from the settings application.

You’ll see a link in the left side pane that says “Choose what closing the lid does” that you need to click on now.

It then opens up to a very straightforward user interface for you to choose your settings. There are two things you need to notice: one column for settings when the laptop is operating under battery power and the other column for the settings when it’s plugged into the power cable. You should always keep your laptop plugged in when you can, but if you can’t then make sure you are choosing the settings from the column called “On battery” instead. Click on the drop-down menu for the “When I close the lid” and change the setting to “Do nothing” so that way the PC stays on.

Setting up alarms in Windows 10 is very straightforward. Just don’t forget that if the computer is sleeping or off, the alarms you have set will fall on deaf ears because it can’t work without the device being on. If you don’t use the Windows 10 Calendar for your notifications and reminders already, then the Alarm application also doubles as a handy tool for those wanting to set reminders.

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