How to change clock time format from 24 hours to 12 hours in Windows 10


Today we will see how to set the time in Windows 10. Specifically, how to change the time format from 24 hours to 12 hours. Sometimes, when we install fresh Windows 10 then time format automatically set as 24hours.

Well, this 24-hour format is also used in the military environment. On the other hand, the fundamental characteristic is that it does not use the PM or AM formats. It shows the full hours from 0 hours to 24 hours. In this article, we will see how to easily modify this format.
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How to set the time format in Windows 10

Generally, the time format in Windows 10 is 12 hours.  In fact, this is the default value. But assuming the format is 24 hours, then we’ll see how to modify it.

24hours format


Step 1: Press Windows + Q keys together from your keyboard to open the control panel.
Note: If you are using 1909 or later version of Windows 10 then apply this way.

open control panel

Step 2: Once there, locate the Clock and Region section. Then, click on Change date, time, or number format. After click on that, a window called Region will be displayed immediately.

go to date and time settings

Step 3: Click on format tab.

Step 4: Then click on Short time’s dropdown menu and select hh: mm tt (12 hours) format.

  • hh:mm means 24 hours format
  • hh:mm: tt means 12 hours format
    change format to 12 hours
Time Format


Step 5: Then click on Long time’s dropdown menu and select hh: mm:ss tt (12 hours) format and then click on OK.

  • hh:mm:ss means 24 hours format
  • hh:mm:ss tt means 12 hours format

change long time to 12hours

That’s it.

After pressing OK, you can check the time format in the taskbar, it must be changed to 12 hours format.

Sucessfully set the 12hours format

This way you can change the time format from 24 hours to 12 hours. As you can see, it is a simple process to do in Windows 10. I hope this information is useful to you.

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