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How to change the date and time in Windows 10

When in doubt, use automatic settings.
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December 26, 2023

Unlike that clock on your microwave, it’s extremely important to have the correct time in Windows. It affects when some apps and updates run, not to mention time-sensitive notifications and various other features. Here’s how to set the time and date in Windows 10, whether manually or automatically.

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To set the time and date in Windows 10:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Time and language > Date and time.
  3. Set time to sync automatically, or use the Change button to make manual adjustments.

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How to automatically set the time and date

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This is the option most people should use. Although it requires an internet connection, you’ll automatically get the correct time, down to the second. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Time and language > Date and time.
  • Make sure Set time automatically is switched to On.
  • Do the same with Set time zone automatically and Adjust for daylight saving time automatically. If you don’t have these on, your time will fall out of sync during seasonal changes or travel.

How to manually change the time and date

  • Open the Settings app, and go to Time and language > Date and time.
  • Make sure Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically are switched to Off.
  • Click the Change button under Change date and time.
  • Select your new time and date info, then click Change to confirm.

How to change your time zone

  • Open the Settings app, and go to Time and language > Date and time.
  • Make sure automatic time settings are off, particularly Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically.
  • Use the Time zone drop-down menu. If you’re not sure of your zone, look for the closest major city in the provided list.

How to change the date and time format

  • Open the Settings app, and go to Time and language.
  • Click Region in the sidebar.
  • Under Regional format data, click Change data formats.
  • Adjust all relevant time and date formats, short and long. Leave other settings at their defaults unless you’ve moved to a country where the calendar system is different.

How to add clocks from different time zones

  • Open the Settings app, and go to Time and language > Date and time.
  • In the sidebar on the right, click Add clocks for different time zones.
  • Under the Additional Clocks tab, check Show this clock for each extra clock you want.
  • Pick a time zone for each clock and give it a display name. For instance, a clock in Central European Time could be labeled “Berlin” if you have family or co-workers in the city.
  • Click Apply.