How to Set Time and Time zone in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to set the date & time and time zone in Windows 11.

Windows can automatically set the date and time when you set the correct time zone. If you let Windows to automatically manage the system date and time by choosing the correct time zone, daylight saving will automatically be changed and updated.

Your schedules and alarms also depend on your computer’s time zone settings; therefore, choosing the correct time zone is very important.

The just released preview of Windows 11 comes many new features such as redesigned user desktop centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors and many more.

Changing your computer time zone in the new Windows 11 might look a bit different from previous version. However, don’t panic as the steps below are very easy to follow.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with configuring Windows 11 date & time and time zone, follow the steps below:

How to Change Time zone in Windows 11

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 its 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, select Date & time on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 date time

On the Date & time settings pane, below Time zone, choose the correct time zone for your location. When you do, the Set time automatically and Adjust for daylight saving time automatically will be enabled.

set windows 11 time zone

You can choose for Windows to set the time zone automatically, but this is not recommended. Windows 11 might have some difficulties in some location and if you’re connected to VPN network that are scattered around the world.

After changing the time zone and the time is not adjusted to the correct date and time, scroll and click Sync now button as highlighted below.

windows 11 sync time zone now

Doing that will sync your computer to and automatically adjust based on the time server configured to.

That should do it! If syncing the time and still not updated, restart your computer and log back in. Doing that will allow Windows to update and apply the new settings.

How to set Data & Time Manually

If you’re not connected to the internet then you can set your computer date and time manually. On the Date & time settings page, toggle Set time automatically and Adjust for daylight saving time automatically buttons to Off as highlighted below.

windows 11 set time manually

Then select the Change button for Set the date and time manually. A new pop up widow pane will open where you can change the date and time for your computer not connected to the internet.

date and time manually for windows 11

When you’re done, click Change to apply your changes.

The correct date and time will be shown at the bottom right taskbar similar to the one below.

windows 11 show date and time

That should do it.


This post showed you how to set time zone when using Windows 11. It also showed you how to use Windows time zone to automatically set the date and time or manually set it when not connected to the internet.


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