All the settings required to manage your machine’s time is located in this applet of Control Panel. You can set date and time or change your machine’s time zone. You can also configure more than one clock for your machine.
How to Launch It
- Open the traditional Control Panel through the Start Screen or using the Run Windows command “control”.
- Select “Category” view for Control Panel.
- Select “Clock, Language and Region” category. This opens a new page containing the subcategories.
- Select “Date and Time”. The applet will launch as a 3-tabbed window.
The structure of the applet is divided into 3 tabs.
- Date and Time
- Additional Clocks
- Internet Time
Date and Time Tab
This tab shows current date and time as well as the current time zone of the system. You can change both of them from here.
You can change the date and time as shown in the above image. Click on “Change date and time” button on the applet window. It will spawn another window which contains a date selection box and a time selection spinner. Set them according to the desired date and/or time.
Figure 2 Change time zone
Time zone can be set in another settings window. It can be launched by clicking on the “Change time zone” button on the main applet. This window has a dropdown containing all the time zones from which you can set the desired one.
This feature might be one of those features which are very useful, but very obscure. A normal user might not ever be able to locate this feature on his own. Nevertheless, it is priceless for those people who need to keep track of more than their own time zone.
Besides the normal clock sitting on the taskbar, you can add two more clocks with different time zones. If you are communicating or working with a person sitting in different time zone, you would want to keep track of their time, too. Instead of constantly calculating their time, you need to just add a clock that is set with their time zone. Now, you can peek at their time any time by just clicking on the clock of the taskbar.
As shown above, you can set the two extra clocks in this tab. These clocks can be seen through the taskbar clock widget.
At times, the clock of your system becomes inaccurate. This might happen due to a dead BIOS battery or due to manual mistake while setting the time. As accurate date and time is critical to a lot of applications as well as yourself, it is advisable that your system remains “up to date” with current date and time.
An easy solution for this is to keep your computer in sync with internet time. There are time servers on internet which maintain accurate date and time. Your PC can connect to one of those severs, and correct date-time settings if required.
By default, Windows is set to regularly sync with Internet time. You can opt out of this setting in this tab. Also, you can set a different time server if you don’t like the name or something of the current server.