I am coding a task scheduler. One of the options allows the user to select a task to be performed every hour at X minutes (ie. 00:45, 01:45, 02:45... 23:45).

Since I don't want to clutter the UI, I would like to know a short way of expressing this.

Assuming the user wants the task to be performed every hour at 45, these are the ways I have thought about, but they all sound weird to me.

  • Perform at 45 minutes (hourly)
  • Perform every 1 hour at minute 45
  • Perform at 00:45 (every hour)
  • Perform at minute 45 (hourly)

Is there a better way to express this?

EDIT: Another way may be "Perform hourly at :45 mins"

  • There may be a way but I don't know that it's very short... I'd usually say "hourly/every hour at ___ minutes after the hour" I feel like I've seen things that just say "recur hourly at ___ minutes". The thing about UI is that you can get away with being overly brief because it's usually obvious what you mean.
    – Catija
    Mar 31 '17 at 23:47
  • How does it look "Perform hourly at :42 mins"? Apr 1 '17 at 0:03
  • I wouldn't understand what "Generate hourly at :42 mins" means. I would phrase it "Run hourly at 42 minutes after the hour."
    – stangdon
    Apr 1 '17 at 0:05

For (00:45, 01:45, 02:45... 23:45) I would write:

Perform hourly, at 45 minutes past the hour.

where "the hour" refers to the top of the hour (:00).

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