Windows 10 Date and Time Settings

You may not realize that date and time plays a crucial role in making sure your windows operating system performs without any discrepancies. It’s vital to make sure your system has the correct date and time at all times. If not, you might run into different issues that you never thought were linked to this issue. In this article, we’ll see how to manage and maintain Windows 10 Date and time settings correctly.

Let’s say you have a file on the server that you would like to access, but if your system is not showing the correct Date or Time, you might not be able to access the file. The timestamp on the file and the one on your PC might not be in Sync, causing conflicts.

How to choose the correct date and time settings on Windows 10

Choosing the correct date and time settings are very simple. If you have never adjusted these before, follow the following steps.

  • Right-click on the date and time displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen and click “Adjust date/time.”
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  • If you are connected to the internet most of the time, I suggest you toggle the “Set time automatically” button. It will turn blue if it’s on
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  • You can also “Set time zone automatically,” but that does not work as expected sometimes, so we will leave it as it is it its toggled off
  • Click on Sync now
  • Wait a few seconds and see if the date and time has updated – if it was not correct already
  • Under Time Zone – Select your time zone
  • Toggle the “Adjust for daylight saving time automatically” if you live in a country where you do have daylight savings. I leave in Australia, so leave it toggled on
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How to choose the correct date and time format according to your region

You might have a sure way to write the dates or long dates. You can set that according to your region.

  • Right-click on the date and time displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen and click “Adjust date/time.”
  • On the top right corner, click on “Date, time & regional formatting”
  • Click on the “Regional format” drop-down list and choose the correct region you belong to
  • Double-check the Regional format data and see if that matches the one you should be using in the region you belong to
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How to add another additional clock to windows 10

Suppose you need and an extra additional clock on windows 10 that display the time for some other country, it’s quite simple to do so. For someone that works with clients all over the world or has international meetings/catch up, this can come in very handy.

  • Right-click on the date and time displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen and click on “Adjust date/time”
  • Click on “Add clocks for different time zones”
  • In the window that pops up, tick the “Show this clock”
  • Select the time zone that you would want to add
  • Enter the display name – this will be the name of the clock that you are adding
  • You can add two additional clocks to your windows 10 system
  • After you have added the clock, click on “Apply” and “Ok”

Now, click on the date and time on the bottom right corner, and you can see all the clock you have added under the main clock

How to change date and time sync server on windows 10

If you sync the date and time using the internet as well, you might run into issues sometimes. You might want to change the server if this happens.

Alternatively, if you are not using the internet time and are relying on the CMOS in your device to keep the date and time updated, it might not be functioning correctly, and you might run into discrepancies. In that case, you can use the data and time sync servers on the internet to get the correct date and time on your machine.

  • Right-click on the date and time displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen and click “Adjust date/time”
  • Click on “Add clocks for different time zones”
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  • In the new pop-up window, click on the “Internet Time” tab
  • You can check if your system is set to automatically update the date and time from the internet or not from this tab
  • To make any changes, click on “Change settings…”
  • If your account has administrator privileges, click on Ok if required in the next window that pops up. But while using a guest account, sorry you cannot make changes to this setting
  • Now if you are not using internet time to sync the date and time settings, click on “Synchronize with an Internet time server” and choose a server – time.windows.com is what I use
  • Click on update now and see if it updates that date and time on the system
  • If you want to change the date and time sync server, click on the server drop-down list and choose some other date and time server from the list and click on “Update now.”
  • Click on OK – Apply – OK
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I hope this article helped you in understanding the Windows 10 date and time settings better.

If you have other questions or suggestions, please leave a comment and get in touch with me.

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