How to Change Time (Clock) Format in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change the time (clock) format in Windows 11. By default, Windows displays its system time in a 12-hour clock format. Some people prefer to read their clock in a 24-hour military format, instead of the standard 12-hour.

If you are one of these folks who likes to have their system display military time format, then the steps below will show you how to change that so you can begin enjoying reading clocks in Windows 11.

Whatever you change the time format to, it will appear on the Taskbar at the bottom right corner. It may also appear in applications and documents you create, unless you override the format in individual programs.

To change the date format in Windows 11, read the post below:

How to change the date format in Windows 11

Below is how to change the time format when using Windows 11.

How to switch to military time format in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows displays its system time in a 12-hour clock format. If you prefer to read your clock in a 24-hour military format, instead of the standard 12-hour, use the steps below to change it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Time & language, then on the right pane, and select the Language & region tile to expand it.

windows 11 display language change

On the Language & region settings pane, under Related settings, click Administrative language settings to go to the date and time format settings pane.

windows 11 administrative language settings

On the Region dialog box, select the Formats tab. This dialog box also allows you to select built-in date and time formats.

windows 11 region formats

Under Date and time formats section, use the drop-down option for Short time. Then select these option to change to 24-hour military time format.

Select either the H:mm or HH:mm format to use a 24-hour clock.

windows 11 change time format

The new format should be displayed on the Taskbar similar to the one below.

windows 11 display military time format

To change to standard clock format, select either the h:mm tt (default) or hh:mm tt format for Short time to use a 12-hour clock.

You can use this post to change the date format in Windows 11.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the time format in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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