Introduction to Clock Settings in Windows 7

November 30, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Your Windows 7 PC can be fluent in so many languages, include desktop themes that you can’t imagine and feature links to so many different services around the world – all controlled by the language you setup the application in.

But what if your native German engineer left the language and regional settings in his own language? Not only would you have to change the language used by your desktop, you would also receive certain web pages in that language.

Clock, language and regional settings in Window 7 are ones that should be rarely interacted with as they control so much, starting with your basic user experience. Let’s take a look at how to correctly configure the clock settings in Windows 7.

Change your Windows 7 clock settings

Change Your Clock Settings

The most likely change you’re going to need to make is to alter your Windows 7 clock, most probably on a laptop when travelling. Making this change is straightforward – go to Start > Control Panel > Date and Time > Set the time and date.

Here you will see the currently set time, the date, your time zone and any information pertaining to daylight saving time for your territory.

Use the Change date and time button to adjust the time and change the date if necessary; you can also Change calendar settings to alter the format in which the date is displayed and change your specified First day of week. These options should probably remain unchanged if you’re using any legacy software that runs under Windows 7, and if you make any changes that result in problems with other software use the Reset button to restore the defaults. Click OK to confirm your clock settings changes.

Changing Time Zones and Adding Additional Clocks

If you travel regularly with your Windows 7 laptop or have moved countries, taking your PC with you, then you will need to manually change the time zone displayed by Windows.

This can be done in Start > Control Panel > Date and Time > Set the time and date – use the Change time zone… button to access a drop-down list to change international time zones. Depending on your new location there will also be a box to tick for automatically applying Daylight Saving Time.

For frequent flyers, Windows 7 also features the ability to setup additional clocks to display the time in other time zones. This feature is accessed via Start > Control Panel > Date and Time > Additional Clocks. There are two clocks here which you should activate by clicking the Show this clock button; you can then select a time zone and give the clock a name.

This additional clock will be available when you hover over the clock in the system tray.

Internet Time and Gadgets

In case your own wristwatch isn’t entirely accurate and you wish to keep the right time on your PC, the function found in Start > Control Panel > Date and Time > Internet Time will allow your Windows 7 clock to update based on the time.microsoft.com clock server. Internet time is based on a vast cluster of virtual timeservers which should keep your PC displaying the correct time for your territory. If you find you have problems with the default time.microsoft.com clock server, you can use the Change settings… button to choose a different server.

Finally, many users employ a desktop gadget to display the time – and one can easily be added by right-clicking an empty portion of the Windows 7 desktop, selecting Gadgets and choosing Clock. Simply double-click or drag the gadget to your desktop – more than one can be used and different times set on each by using the Settings button on the clock placeholder!

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