Time and Language Change Regional Format in Windows 11


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Windows and some apps format dates and times based on your regional format.

Your regional format will match your Windows display language by default, but you can change your regional format to any language on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to change the regional format for your account in Windows 11.


Some apps may need to be closed and reopened to see formatting changes.

Regional format settings are saved to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International registry key.



Contents





Option One

Change Regional Format in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Time & language on the left side, and click/tap on Language & region on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Language & region Settings

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3 Select the language you want in the Regional format drop menu. (see screenshots below)

Recommended is the default regional format setting to match your Windows display language.


4 You can now close Settings if you like.

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Option Two

Change Regional Format in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Region icon.

3 Select the language you want in the Format drop menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

Match Windows display language (recommended) is the default regional format setting.


4 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Petra

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Method 1 often does not work.
It usually says only 'Recommended' and does not offer the list of possible regions.
Only AFTER changing the region using method 2, the possibility to change the region settings using option 1 becomes available.
 

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Brink

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Method 1 often does not work.
It usually says only 'Recommended' and does not offer the list of possible regions.
Only AFTER changing the region using method 2, the possibility to change the region settings using option 1 becomes available.
Hello, :)

Could be a bug on your system or build.

The drop menu in Option 1 has always offered a list of regions for me so far on all VMs that haven't used option 2 yet.
 

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