The date and time are set to dd-MM-yyyy format (18-07-2013) and 24 hrs format (21:10) respectively by default after installing Windows 7. Sometimes we may want to customize the default format of date and time. You can change the time format (from 24 hour to 12 hour – AM/PM) or the date format using the simple tips given below.
1. Left Click on the Time and Date located on the right side of the Taskbar.
2. You will get a popup.
3. Click on “Change date and time settings” in the bottom of the popup.
4. Click on “Change date and time” button in the popup.
5. You will get a new popup.
6. Click on “Change Calender Setting” in the new pop up.
7. You will get 2 new popups – “Regional and Language” and “Customize Format”
8. Click on the “Time” tab to change the Time format or “Date” tab to change the Date Format in the “Customize Format” popup/window.
9.1 Customize Time Format : There are 2 Time formats, “Short time” and “Long time”. The time displayed on the right side of the Taskbar is the “Long Time”.
You can select any available format from the dropdown of “Long Time” and click Apply.
Eg. tt hh:mm:ss will display the time as PM 09:30 on the taskbar [Note that the seconds are not displayed on the taskbar]
You can also manually type the formats and Apply. Eg. h:mm:ss tt will display as 9:30 PM
9.2 Customize Date Format : Like in Time Format, it also has 2 Date formats, “Short date” and “Long date”. The Date displayed on the right side of the Taskbar is the “Short date”.
You can select any available format from the dropdown of “Short date” and click Apply.
Eg. dd-MM-yyyy will display the date as 18-07-2013 on the taskbar
Here also you can manually type a format and Apply. Eg M-d-yy will display as 7-18-13
10. The new date and time format will be updated on the taskbar.
Note: You need to have administrator rights to change date and time. You can also change the date and time format from Control Panel.