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 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.
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 the majority of its settings. Everything can be done from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows 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:
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, and select Date & time on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
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.
You can choose for Windows to set the time zone automatically, but this is not recommended. Windows 11 might have some difficulties in some locations and if you’re connected to a VPN network 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.
Doing that will sync your computer to time.windows.com and automatically adjust based on the time server configured.
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, you can manually set your computer date and time. On the Date & time settings page, toggle Set time automatically and Adjust for daylight saving time automatically buttons to Off as highlighted below.
Then select the Change button to Set the date and time manually. A new pop-up window pane will open where you can change the date and time for your computer not connected to the internet.
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.
That should do it.
This post showed you how to set a 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.