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How to Change Date and Time Formats in Windows 11


The standard date and time format in Windows 11 include forward slashes and two digits indicating the Month, Date, and Year respectively, along with time in 12-hour format.

Now, you might have unintentionally misconfigured the date and time settings or want to change its default format in one of the available formats stated below in tabular format:

Short Date FormatLong Date FormatShort Time FormatLong Time Format
1/1/2021Tuesday, October 14, 20213:40 AM3:40:05 AM
1/1/21October 14, 202103:40 AM03:40:05 AM
01/01/21Tuesday, 14 October, 20213:403:40:05
01/01/202114 October, 202103:4003:40:05
12/04/09
2021-09-01
01-Oct-21
Date and Time Format Available in Windows – Read From Top to Bottom
change date and time formats in windows 11

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to change the date and time in Windows 11:


Step #1: Go to Windows Settings from the Start Menu or by pressing the ‘Windows key + I’ key combination.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the ‘Time and Language’ option from the left sidebar and click the ‘Language & region’ option.

select language and region option from the time and language settings in windows settings app
‘Language and Region’ option

Step #3: Single-click the ‘Regional Format’ option and select the ‘Change Formats’ option.

select regional format option in language and region settings in windows settings
‘Regional Format’ option
regional format setting in windows settings
‘Regional Format’ setting

Step #4: Select the ‘Short Date Format’ and ‘Long Date Format’ options and configure them from the dropdown menu as per your preference.

change date format using windows settings
Change ‘Date Format’

Step #5: Select the ‘Short Time Format’ and ‘Long Time Format’ options and configure them from the dropdown menu as per your preference.

change time format using windows settings
Change ‘Time Format’

Step #1: Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu.

control panel icon in windows 11
Control Panel Icon

Step #2: Select the ‘Clock and Region’ option.

select the clock and region option in the control panel
‘Clock and Region’ option

Step #3: Select the ‘Region’ option to modify the date and time formats.

select the region option in the clock and region settings in control panel
‘Region’ option
regional date and time settings in control panel
‘Region’ Panel

Step #4: Select the ‘Short Date Format’ and ‘Long Date Format’ options and configure them from the dropdown menu as per your preference.

change date format using control panel
Change ‘Date Format’

Step #5: Select the ‘Short Time Format’ and ‘Long Time Format’ options and configure them from the dropdown menu as per your preference.

change time format using control panel
Change ‘Time Format’

Step #6: Finally, press the ‘Apply’ button to make changes take effect immediately.


So, you can change the date and time format in Windows 11 according to your region by using the Windows Settings and Control Panel.

It’s essential to remember that the changes you make will change not only the date and time formats in the taskbar but also in programs that use Windows to fetch time and date, such as Office apps, browsers, Windows Store, etc.

This means that if you don’t want the programs to use the default date and time format, you’ll have to change the setting in the particular application themselves.


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