Change the Date and Time Zone on Your Windows Laptop

Don't let a time zone change make you late to a meeting

Changing the date and time on your laptop is an easy process for most mobile workers, and it's an important step to take while traveling. Knowing the correct date and time are for your location prevents you from missing or running late to meetings.

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Locate Date and Time Preferences

Right-click on the clock in the bottom right of your display.

Locate the option to Adjust Date/Time in the menu that appears. Left-click on that heading to open a new window.

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View the Date & Time Settings in Windows

The Date & Time tab in the new window shows the current time and date for your laptop. It also indicates the current time zone set on the laptop. In new laptops, and occasionally on refurbished laptops, the date and time are set to the laptop's original location. Confirm that your correct time and date are displayed, or change them if they are incorrect.

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Change the Month on Your Laptop

Using the drop-down menu, select the proper month or change the month if you have traveled between time zones close to the end or beginning of a month. Depending on where you travel, you can depart in one month and arrive in another month. 

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Change the Year Displayed

To change the year displayed, use the buttons to correct or modify the year shown.

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Change the Time Zone on Your Laptop

Click on the tab that reads Time Zone to open the window so you can modify your time zone settings.

Mobile professionals should get into the habit of making this their first step when arriving at a destination that is in a different time zone.

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Select New Time Zone

Using the drop-down menu, select the correct time zone for your new location. Highlight the new time zone that you want to display and click that selection.

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Adjust for Daylight Saving Time

If you travel to and from areas that use daylight saving time, it's a wise idea to check the Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes box.

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Apply the Date and Time Settings

Click on Apply but don't leave the settings just yet. There's one more important step.

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Final Step to Changing the Date and Time

The final step to accepting the changes you have made to your laptop's date and time is to click the OK button. You can do this from the Time Zone window or the Date & Time window.

Forgetting to select OK results in no changes to your laptop's date and time display.