How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10

How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10: Date and Time is displayed in the taskbar which is by default in the format Month/Date/Year (ex: 05/16/2018) and 12-hour format for the time (ex: 8:02 PM) but what if you want to change these settings? Well, you can always change these settings according to your preferences from either Windows 10 Settings or from Control Panel. You can change the date format to Date/Month/Year (ex: 16/05/2018) and time to a 24-hour format (ex:21:02 PM).

How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10

Now there are many formats available for both date and time, therefore you need to choose carefully. You could always try different date and time format for example Short date, Long date, Short time and Long time etc. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed guide.

How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10 Settings

1.Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app then click on Time & Language.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Time & language

2.Now from the left-hand menu click on Date & time.

3.Next, in the right window pane scroll down and click on “Change date and time formats” link at the bottom.

Select Date & Time then in right window click on Change date and time formats

4.Select the date and time formats you want from the drop-downs then close the Settings window.

Select the date and time formats you want from the drop-downs

Short date (dd-MM-yyyy)
Long date (dd MMMM yyyy)
Short time (H:mm)
Long time (H:mm:ss)

Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10 Settings

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

This is How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10, but if you are facing any problem using this method then don’t worry, just skip this method and follow the next one.

Method 2: Change Date and Time Formats in Control Panel

Although you can change the date and time format in Windows 10 Settings app but you can’t add custom formats and therefore to add a custom format you need to use Control Panel.

1.Type control in Windows Search then click on Control Panel from the search result.

Type control panel in the search

2.Under “View by” select Category then click on Clock and Region.

Under Control Panel click on Clock, Language, and Region

3.Next, under Region click on “Change date, time, or number formats“.

Under Region click on Change date, time, or number formats

4.Now under “Date and time formats” section, you can select any format you want from the individual dropdowns.

Short date (dd-MM-yyyy)
Long date (dd MMMM yyyy)
Short time (H:mm)
Long time (H:mm:ss)

Change Date and Time Formats in Control Panel

5.In order to add a custom format click on “Additional settings” link at the bottom.

To add a custom format click on Additional settings

6.Make sure to switch to the Time tab then select or enter any custom time formats you want to use.

Switch to the Time tab then select or enter any custom time formats you want to use

For example, you can choose the “AM symbol” to be displayed as “Before Noon” and you can change the Short and Long time formats.

7.Similarly select the Date tab then select or enter any custom date formats you want to use.

Select the Date tab then select or enter any custom date formats you want to use

Note: Here you can change the Short and Long date, for example, you can use / (Forward slash) or . (dot) instead of – (dash) in between date format (ex: 16.05.2018 or 16/05/2018).

8.To apply these changes click Apply followed by OK.

9.If you messed up the date and time formats, you could always click the Reset button on step 6.

Click Reset to restore the system default settings for number, currency, time, and date

10.Close everything and reboot your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 10 but if you still have any queries regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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