Change Taskbar Clock to 12 Hour or 24 Hour Format in Windows 10

How To Change Taskbar Clock to 12 Hour or 24 Hour Format in Windows 10

In Windows XP and Windows Vista, the taskbar was thinner and so only the time was shown by default on the taskbar. If you made the taskbar thicker, then it showed the date, day and time. But the redesigned taskbar in Windows 10 already shows the date and time.

The date on the taskbar is shown in the short format whereas the time is shown in the long format. Depending on the system locale and language of Windows that you use, the format will be different.

For example, for Russia the defaults are set to the 24 hour time format, whereas for US it is set to the 12 hour format.

Windows 10 Taskbar Clock 12 Hour Time Format Windows 10 Taskbar Clock 24 Hour Time FormatHere's how to switch between them.

To Change Taskbar Clock to 12 Hour Format in Windows 10,

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Time & Language > Region.Windows 10 Settings Region Page
  3. On the right, click on the Change data formats link under Regional format data.Windows 10 Settings Region Change Data Formats Link
  4. On the next page, change the time format to 9:40 AM if you don't need the leading zero to be displayed. Or, select the 09:40 AM entry to have the leading zero.Windows 10 Taskbar Clock 12 Hour Format Settings
  5. You are done.

Note: The same can be configured using the classic Control panel. You can open the classic Region applet, and set the 12 hour time format under Short time on the Formats tab under Date and time formats. Select h:mm tt , or hh:mm tt for the leading zero option.

Windows 10 Taskbar Clock 12 Hour Format Classic Applet

Similarly, you can set the taskbar to show the current time in 24 hour format.

To Change Taskbar Clock to 24 Hour Format in Windows 10,

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Time & Language > Region.Windows 10 Settings Region Page
  3. On the right, click on the Change data formats link under Regional format data.Windows 10 Settings Region Change Data Formats Link
  4. On the next page, change the time format to 9:40 if you don't need the leading zero to be displayed. Or, select the 09:40 entry to have the leading zero.
  5. Windows 10 Taskbar Clock 24 Hour Format Settings
  6. You are done.

Note: The same can be configured using the classic Control panel. You can open the classic Region applet, and set the 24 hour time format under Short time on the Formats tab under Date and time formats. Select H:mm , or HH:mm for the leading zero option.Windows 10 Taskbar Clock 24 Hour Format Classic Applet

That's it!

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1 thought on “Change Taskbar Clock to 12 Hour or 24 Hour Format in Windows 10

  1. Walter deda

    When you change in Windows 8 the lock screen changes too, but in Windows 10 , AM and PM they no longer appear but the period is still 12 hours.

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