How to change time format on Windows 8

This is in response to a query posted by a reader under Windows 8 Date and time settings

I have a minor question – in Win7, I could have my time display on the desktop toolbar as as 12-hour format. In Win8, however, there appears to be no way to change the toolbar clock from 24 hour time. Or am I missing something?


Windows 8 users can use the change date and time settings for changing the 24 hour time format to 12 hour format.


Step 1: Click the date and time display on the Windows taskbar then the Change date and time settings link


Step 2: In the Date and Time window, click the Change date and time button.

Step 3: This should display the below Date and Time Settings window.


Now click the Change calendar settings link.

Step 4: In the Customize Format window, navigate to Time tab and set the Short time format to hh:mm tt and click OK to apply and save the changes.



In Category: Windows, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

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  • bhrigs November 16, 2012, 7:29 pm

    thanks a lot.

  • KSB January 13, 2013, 6:25 am

    Thank you. Could not figure it out!

  • Dileep November 26, 2013, 2:55 pm

    thanks 🙂

  • yosef December 14, 2013, 3:28 am

    how to change to long format on the right down screen ,not only on the clock.
    to see hh:mm:ss pm and not only hh:mm pm

  • kamlendra kumar April 13, 2014, 11:48 pm

    thank u so much it’s working
    thanks again

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