How To Change the Date and Time Zone on Your Laptop

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Get Ready to Change the Date and Time

Changing the date and time on your laptop is an easy process and for most mobile workers, it's an important step to take while traveling. Knowing what the correct date and time are for where you are working will ensure that you don't miss meetings and stay organized.

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

**Most new laptops are not set to the proper date and time, so remember to check this when setting up your new laptop.

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Select Adjust Date/Time

The next step is to select the option to Adjust Date/Time from the menu that appears when you clicked on the clock at the bottom of your display.Left click on that heading to open a new window.

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Viewing the Time Window in Windows

The first window that you will see shows the current time and date for your laptop. It will also indicate the current time zone set up for your laptop.In new laptops, and on occassion refurbished laptops will have the date and time set to where the laptop originated from. Always remember to check this and make sure it has your correct time and date showing.

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Changing the Month on Your Laptop

Using the dropdown menu, you can select the proper month or change the month if you have traveled between timezones close to the end or beginning of a month.Depending on where you travel, you can leave in one month and arrive in a different month. Always check to make sure you have the right date!

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Change the Year Displayed

To change the year displayed, you can 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 which reads "Time Zone" to open the window so that you can modify your time zone settings.

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

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Select New Time Zone

Using the dropdown menu you can select the correct time zone for your new location. Highlight the new time zone that you want to be displayed and click that selection.

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Daylight Saving Time

If you will be traveling frequently to and from areas which use Daylight Saving Time to locations which do not, it's a wise idea to check this box to help ensure you are always where you need to be at the proper time.

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Apply Your New Date and Time Settings

Click on Apply to ensure that the changes you have made to the date and time will take effect.If you only changed the Date, then click Apply in the bottom right of that window to make the changes.

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Final Step to Changing the Date and Time on Your Laptop

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 this will result in no changes made to your laptop's date and time display.

This should help you to stay organized and on time no matter where or when you happen to be working with your laptop. If you need to change your time on your Mac or in your gmail, learn more in this article