Windows is used by millions of people spanning several different timezones. It is only natural that Windows has options to change the timezone as and when needed. Genreally, Windows sets the timezone automatically or asks you to select one while installing it. If the timezone of your computer is not correct or you just want to set another timezone, you can do that pretty easily. In fact, there are several different ways to change the timezone in Windows 10. Without further ado, let me show you how.
Method #1 - Change Timezone in Settings
Settings app provides an easy way to quickly and easily change the timezone settings in Windows 10. All you have to do is select the timezone from a drop-down menu.
1. First up, search for the Settings app in the start menu and open it. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Win + I or click on the "All Settings" button in the notification center.
2. Once the settings app has been opened, go to "Time and Language". This is where you can modify the system time, timezone, language, region, and speech.
3. In the Time and Language page, click on the "Date and Time" tab appearing on the left panel. To make Windows 10 set the timezone automatically, toggle the switch under "Set the timezone automatically" to "On" position.
4. If you want to manually set the timezone, then toggle the switch under "Set the timezone automatically" to "Off" position. Next, select a new timezone from the drop-down menu. In my case, I'm selecting Osaka, Tokyo timezone.
As soon as you select a timezone from the drop-down menu, the Windows 10 time will change according to the timezone.
Method #2 - Change Timezone in Control Panel
You can also use the control panel to change the timezone in Windows 10. Since we are using the good old control panel, this method works in Windows 7 and 8 too.
1. First, search for the control panel in the start menu and open it.
2. In the control panel, select "Large Icons" next to view by and then find and click on the "Date and Time" option.
3. Since we want to change the timezone settings, click on the "Change time zone" button under time zone section in the Date and Time window.
4. Now, select the timezone from the drop-down menu and click on the "Ok" button to apply the timezone. When you select a timezone from the dropdown menu, Windows will show both the current and new date and time.
5. Click on the "Ok" button in the main window and you are done.
Just like with the Settings app, the changes are instant and you can see the new time in the taskbar and elsewhere.
Method #3 - Change Timezone in Command Prompt
Windows 10 has a built-in tool timezone utility called "tzutil". Which simply means that you can use command prompt commands to change the timezone. This method is particularly useful if you like to do things via the command prompt or if you are creating a script.
1. Open the command prompt by searching for it in the start menu.
2. In the command prompt, use the below command to see your current timezone in Windows. As you can see, my current timezone is set to "Tokyo Standard Time".
3. Since we are using the command prompt, before you can change the timezone, you need to know the timezone ID. Use the below command to see all the available timezones in Windows.
4. Find the timezone from the list, select the timezone ID with your mouse and right-click on it to copy.
5. Once copied, use the below command while replacing "TimeZoneID" with the actual timezone ID to set the new timezone. You can right-click in the command prompt to paste the copied text.
tzutil /s "TimeZoneID"
As soon as you execute the command, the timezone will be changed instantly. If you want to, you can use the first command to check the changed timezone.
Method #4 - Change Timezone in PowerShell
If you are more of a PowerShell guy, you can also use the PowerShell commands to change the timezone. As I said before, these commands are useful if you are creating your own scripts.
1. Press Win + X to open the Power User menu and then select the "Windows PowerShell" option.
2. In the PowerShell, execute the below command to see all the available timezones in Windows 10. Just like with the command prompt, select the timezone ID of your choice with the mouse and right-click to copy the ID.
3. Now, execute the below command while replacing "TimeZoneID" with the one you copied. To paste the copied timezone ID, simply right-click inside the PowerShell window.
4. To verify the timezone, execute
tzutil /g. You should see the changed timezone.
That is all. As you can see, there are multiple ways to change the timezone in Windows 10, 7, and 8. All the methods are pretty easy and straightforward.
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