How To Change Displayed Date/Time Format In Windows XP And Vista

People who use Windows may have noticed that the clock in the system tray displays time in the 24 hour format by default. I always prefer 12 hour format, if you want to know how to change it or if you simply want to get rid of AM and PM to save the space to stick in one more taskbar icon! Well, here is the solution.

In order to change how the time is displayed on your computer, click on Start > Control Panel, and choose Regional and Language Options.

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Click the Customize button underneath the Standards and formats section. Below that button, you’ll also see an example of how each setting is currently configured for Number, Currency, Time, Short Date, and Long Date.

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Click on the Time tab and change the time format to H:mm:ss (note the uppercase H) and press OK

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The uppercase H or HH stands for 24-hour format, whereas the lower case h andhh means 12-hour format. The single h is if you do not want to display leading zeros for single digit hours and hh is if you want a leading zero.

To further customize your Date / Time settings, here are some useful tips:

  • Type uppercase H or HH to Display time in a 24-hour format
  • Type lowercase h or hh to  Display time in a 12-hour format
  • Type two characters, HH or hh to Display leading zeros in single-digit hours
  • Type a single uppercase H, or lowercase letter, such as h, m, or s to suppress the display of leading zeros in single-digit hours, minutes, or seconds
  • Type lowercase t to display a single letter to indicate AM or PM
  • Type lowercase tt to display two letters to indicate AM or PM
  • Type single quotation marks (’) around text to display text

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As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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