How to Change the Time Zone in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

PCs don’t move from a desktop, making some things pretty easy to set up. You need to enter your location only once, for example, and Windows 10 automatically sets up your time zone, currency symbols, and similar things that change over the globe.

But the joy of a tablet or laptop’s mobility is tempered with the annoyance of telling the thing exactly where it’s currently located. The following instructions supply the steps you need to change when traveling to a different area.

Follow these steps to let your Windows 10 laptop know you’ve entered a new time zone:

  1. From the desktop, right-click the clock in the taskbar’s bottom-right corner.

    A pop-up menu appears.

  2. Click Adjust Date/Time.

    The Settings app opens to the Time & Language category.

  3. Click the Time Zone option and then select your current time zone from the drop-down list.

    That changes your time zone, which is all most travelers need. Extended-stay travelers may opt to change region-specific items — the region’s currency symbol, for example, or the date, time, and number formats — or to add foreign characters to their keyboard.

    If you travel a lot, turn on the Set Time Zone Automatically toggle switch.

    If you’re deeply embedded in a foreign zone, move to Step 4.

  4. Change your date and time formats, as well as regional and language preferences to match your current country’s customs.

    The Settings app’s Time & Language category lets you change all of the regional settings in Windows:

    • Date & Time: This is the section you changed in Step 3. There’s no need to revisit unless you erred in that step.
    • Region and Language: Choose this option, located just below the Date & Time option, to tell your apps what country you’re visiting. (That lets the apps display local content that matches your location.) Choose the adjacent Add a Language button to add another language so you can read and type in that language.
    • Speech: Click here to fine-tune the speech recognition in Windows.
  5. Close the Settings app, if desired.

    To exit the Settings app, click the X in its top-right corner.