How to Change Dates and Times Format in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change the format of dates and times when using Windows 11. By default, Windows formats dates with slashes (9/8/21). If you want to use a different format such as periods instead of slashes, you can easily change that in Windows.

Whatever you change the date and time format to, it will appear on the Taskbar at the bottom right corner. It may also appear in applications and documents you create, unless you override the format in individual programs.

The new Windows 11, when released to everyone in a few weeks, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

However, don’t be afraid, as we’ll continue writing easy to follow tutorials on how to use Windows 11 here.

To get started with changing the date and time format in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to use periods in date on Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows uses slashes in the date when displaying. You can change that to a different format anytime and the steps below show you how to do that.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Time & language, then select Language & region on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Language & region settings pane, under Related settings, click “Administrative language settings”

On the Region dialog box, select the Formats tab. This dialog box also allows you to select built-in date and time formats. However, you won’t see a format with periods. You’ll have to enter that manually.

To create custom format, click “Additional settings” at the bottom of the tab.

On the Customize Format dialog box, click the “Date” tab.

In the Date formats section, the “Short date” drop-down list box is also an edit box, allowing you to enter a different format.

For example, if you want to use periods instead of slashes, change it here. After you click Apply, you should see a preview of the new date format for Shot date.

You can also customize the Short time format using the notation listed on the dialog box. Once you’re done, click the OK button to save and exit.

The new format should be displayed on the Taskbar similar to the one below.

That should do it!


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