How to change the time and date on Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Microsoft went all-in with Windows 10. This OS truly embodied the wind of change bringing tons of new features to users worldwide.
  • However, some things remained pretty much the same and we can live with that. After all, why fix something if it's not broken?
  • The Date and Time settings remained almost identical to previous versions, with a small twist. Read on to see what it's all about. You can find more information about Windows Settings here.
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Change Date and Time Date and Time in Windows 10

Windows 10 brought many changes comparing to Windows 8 such as new and improved Start Menu for example. Other parts of the operating system have been changed as well, and today we’re going to see what has been changed in the Date and Time section in Windows 10.

The Date and Time section in Windows 10 is almost identical to the one found in Windows 8. However, there is a catch. Unlike in previous versions of Windows, you cannot change the date and time settings by clicking the clock on the taskbar.

How to change the time on Windows 10?

Here’s how to quickly tweak these settings:

  • The first thing you need to do is right-click the clock on the taskbar
  • From the list of results, select Adjust date/time

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  • You’ll be directed to Time & Language tab in the Settings app. (Note: You can still access the Date and Time window from the Control Panel as well).

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  • Click the Change button under Change date and time, then use the drop down menu to select the desired values.
  • If you prefer, you can choose to Set time automatically (which will automatically sync your PC clock with the Internet clock).

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  • Next, you will see the Related settings section. Click on the link Date, time & regional formatting to modify the format according to your needs (you can set the first day of the week, short date, long date, short time and long time and so on).

That’s it! As you can see, this option has not changed much, and if you have used this feature on Windows 8 you should feel familiar with it.

Perhaps the biggest change is that you cannot click the clock in the taskbar and change the time and date quickly like before, instead, you have to rely on the Date and Time section in the Settings app.

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FAQ: Learn more about Time and Date settings in Windows 10

  • How do I change the clock on my desktop Windows 10?

Bring up the taskbar by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard, then right-click the clock and select Adjust Date/Time from the list. Click the Change button under the Change Date and Time section and enter the desired values.

  • How do I change the timezone on Windows 10?

Open the Settings app -> Time & Language -> Date & time -> and select the desired values from the Time zone drop-down menu.

  • Why is my computer date and time keeps changing?

Your PC might be trying to sync with an incorrect time server/unreachable server or the time zone settings might be off. To fix this, make sure you toggle the Set time zone automatically to ON and then push the Sync now button under Synchronize your clock to trigger the update.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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