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Windows 7 - How to Change the System Clock and Date Format


There are various different standards of displaying the date and time and Windows 7 makes it easy to customize the way in which it is displayed on your computer. The following guide will show you how to change how the system clock displays the time on your taskbar. If you want to have the date visible too, you will need to extend the height of the taskbar. To do this, right-click anywhere on and unoccupied area of the taskbar and click "Lock the taskbar" to remove the check-mark and unlock it. Drag the top of the taskbar upwards by one space and then right-click on it and lock it again. With a higher taskbar, you'll be able to see the date as well as the time in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

To change the format in which the date and time is displayed, open the Control Panel by clicking on the link to it in the right-hand side of the start menu. Click "Clock, Language and Region" and, underneath the "Region and Language" section, click "Change the date, time or number format." Here you can change the way in which numbers are displayed on your computer, such as time, date, currency and more. Advanced options provide you with even more freedom for customizing your computer.

On the "Formats" tab, you can specify your preferred settings. From the drop-down box below "Format", you can choose your language and region. This will automatically choose the standardized settings for your language and location. Names of days and weeks will also be translated into your language. There are hundreds of languages and regional dialects supported. Once you've chosen your language and region, you can then continue to modify the settings and tweak them to meet your preferences.

In the drop-down boxes below "Date and time formats," choose the way you want to have dates and times displayed in the system clock and anywhere else on your computer, such as when you insert the current time and date into a document. If you're not sure what the notations mean, just click the link "What does the notation mean?" As you change the settings, a preview of the current date and time will appear below in the "Examples" section. Once you're happy with the changes, click "OK" to close the Region and Language properties dialogue and save your changes.

 

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