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Windows 8 Control Panel: The Clock, Language, and Region Area

The Windows 8 Control Panel includes an area for setting up your clock, language, and region. Microsoft designed this area mostly for travelers to different time zones and locations. Desktop computer owners will see this information only once — when first setting up your computer. Windows 8 subsequently remembers the time and date, even when your PC is turned off.

Portable computers owners will want to drop by here when visiting different time zones; bilingual computer owners will also appreciate settings allowing characters from different languages.

To visit here, right-click the screen’s bottom-left corner; choose Control Panel from the pop-up menu; and click the Clock, Language, and Region category. Three sections appear:

  • Date and Time: This area is fairly self-explanatory. (Clicking your taskbar’s clock and choosing Change Date and Time Settings lets you visit here, as well.)

  • Language: If you’re bilingual or multilingual, visit this area when you’re working on documents that require characters from different languages.

  • Region: Traveling in Italy? Click this category’s icon and, on the Formats tab, select Italian from the Formats drop-down list. Windows switches to that country’s currency symbols and date format. While you’re at the Region window, click the Location tab; and from the Home location drop-down list, select Italy — or whatever country you’re currently visiting.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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