How to change time on a computer with Windows 10

Struggling to set time on your computer? This article will enlighten you on how to change time on a computer with Windows 10.

Time has a wonderful way of reminding us of its importance. This is the main reason why we prefer our gadgets to show time.

While working, it is convenient to just look at your computer rather than a clock, which invites distraction.

Therefore, it is important to keep your desktop computers, laptops, and other gadgets updated with the correct time zone.

The problem arises when a discrepancy in time emerges in Windows 10.

This may lead to several other disruptions in the working of computers and laptops.

Table of Contents

  1. How to change time on a computer with Windows 10
    1. Setting up the time automatically
    2. Setting up the time manually from the taskbar
  2. Wrap up

Technical errors, which come to the surface due to incorrect time and time zone are as follows:

  • Pre-determined tasks: Due to the incorrect Microsoft Windows time, the system is at a high risk of executing scheduled tasks at the wrong time.
  • Disruption in the order of files: Incorrect time and date mess up the arrangement of the files. Users may find difficulty in finding the needed file due to the time and date error.

How to change time on a computer with Windows 10

Changing the time on a Windows 10 PC is simple. There are two ways through which we can update the computer clock.

One is an automatic method, which gives a right to the server to update time as we move from one time zone to another.

The other way is to update the time manually by adjusting the time zone according to the preference.

Setting up the time automatically

There is a feature in Windows 10 that lets the user sync the computer time with the Internet time.

For this, you need to follow the below steps.

  • First, you need to click on the “Date and Time” option located at the right of the taskbar. You may also right-click while on the taskbar and then choose the “Adjust date and time” option;

How to change time on a computer with Windows 10

  • Alternatively, you may also press the Windows key and go to “Settings.” In the Settings menu, tap on “Time and Language“. Both these steps will open up the “Date and Time” window;

  • In the Settings menu, there is a given option that states “Set time automatically” and “Set time zone automatically“. You have to enable these two options simultaneously. The buttons will turn “blue” when enabled.

Note: This will let Windows do the job of updating time itself.

Also in the “Settings” window, if you scroll further, there is an option called “Synchronize your clock” which tells the user the time when the last synchronization occurred. If it is not synchronizing, click on the “Sync Now” option given just below to start synchronizing the time with the internet server;

  • It should be kept in mind that the automatic feature of updating time and time zone would not work if the computer’s time and time zone are not in accordance with the Internet time. To set this, you need to click on the “Clock Option” located on the taskbar, which leads to “Date and Time“. In the same window, navigate to the “Internet time” option;
  • Click on the “Change Settings” option. This will provide you with the possibility of choosing your desired server. The default server is “” but you also have the option to choose other servers from the drop-down list.

  • Select “OK“. This way, your computer’s time and the time zone settings will be synced with the internet’s time and time zone settings, respectively.

Setting up the time manually from the taskbar

Windows 10 offers an option through which you can adjust the time and time zone manually as you do with clocks. This feature ensures the system to update time and time zone without the need for an internet connection. It is practical to those who do not have access to the internet.

The steps are simple and easy:

  • First of all, you need to hit the time located on the Windows 10 taskbar. You can also access the desired window by right-clicking the mouse while on the taskbar. Then select the “Adjust Time and Date” option to open a new window;

  • A window will pop up where the first thing you have to do is to turn off both “Set time automatically” and “Set time zone automatically“. This will disable the feature making it gray.
  • The next thing you have to do is to adjust the “Time and Date” individually;

  • To seal the changes you have made, hit the “Change button“.

You can also set up the time manually from the computer’s Settings:

If due to any reason, you cannot change the time through the taskbar. There is another way to update time manually through the Settings app;

  • Click on the Start Button and go to “Settings“:
  • In Settings, navigate to “Time and language“;
  • From the same time and date window, turn off both “Set time automatically” and “Set time zone automatically“;
  • Change date and time accordingly, and press “Change” to lock the changes.

Wrap up

Time is not just an important factor; it is the most important factor on which we depend. So, it is mandatory to keep your Windows PC updated with current time, date, and current time zone no matter which method you opt for.

Windows 10 offers a very practical way of adjusting time settings, dates, and changing time zone.

Now that you know how to change the time on Windows 10, you may update the time setting either automatically or manually as per your feasibility. Both the methods we mentioned are convenient and user-friendly.

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