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Military Time in Windows 7

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement

Walter from VA writes:

In Windows 7 is there any way to set the time to 24 hour or Military time?

Hi, Walter.  Thanks for the great question.

In previous versions of Windows, setting the clock to 24 hour or “Military” time was as simple a ticking a checkbox.  Of course, like with any advance, they had to make it more complex as it got better.  But the short answer is “Yes there is, and here’s how:”

Click on the clock at the bottom right of your screen, and then click on  “change date and time settings”.

This will open up your clock options screen.  Here, click on “change date and time”.  (Another neat feature on this screen is that you can put more than one clock on your desktop by selecting the “additional clocks” tab and setting up your new clock.)

When the change date and time screen opens, click on “change calendar settings”.  By the way, for those who don’t know, the “change date and time” screen is also where you set your clock’s time.  You can either use the up and down arrows or simply highlight the number that you want to change and type in the new number.

Here you decide if you want “short” time (hours and minutes) or “long” time (hours, minutes and seconds) and click on the arrow to pull down your selection window.  This will give you two options for military time.  The small h indicates 12 hour clocks, the capital H indicating 24 hour clocks.

The first option, with the single H will give you a single digit (for instance, 8 AM will appear as 8:00) while the second option with the two HH’s will give you true military time (08:00).  Click okay and you’re all done!

Hope that this helps.

~Randal Schaffer


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