How to Change Lock Screen Clock Format in Windows 11 or 10?

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When someone starts their Windows 11 or 10 PC, it takes you up to the Lock Screen and stops. Then, you press a key to raise the lock screen curtain and reveal the logon screen. When you type the correct password or PIN on the logon screen, Windows allows you to access your system.

Apart from protecting your computer, this Lock Screen also displays the date and time. However, it picks the date and time from your PC time zone. Your PC may display a clock in either 12-hour or 24-hour (military) clock format depending on the time zone.

Some people prefer to see time like 20:20, while some want to view time like 8:20 AM. Windows Settings app and Control Panel both allow you to change the clock. You can use either method to change the clock format; the Taskbar time format will also change.

How to Change Windows 11 Lock Screen Clock Format using Settings App?

To change the Lock Screen Clock format through the Settings app, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app.

To do that, click on the Start button and type Settings. In the search results, click on the Settings app to open the same. Alternatively, you can use Windows + I hotkey to open the Windows Settings.

Step 2. In the Settings window, pick the Time & language category on the left side.

Step 3. Then, click on Language & region on the right-side pane.

Step 4. On the right-side pane, under the Region section, click the Regional format option to expand it.

Step 5. Next, click on the Change formats button to change the time format.

Step 6. After that, click on the dropdown list Long time and pick the option with AM to use the 12-hour format or choose one without AM to go with the 24-hour lock screen format.

Step 7. Finally, reboot your PC to see the changes.

The clock will appear on the lock screen depending on your chosen clock format, 24-hour or 12-hour.

How to Change Windows 10 Lock Screen Clock Format from Settings App?

To change Windows 10 Lock Screen clock format through the Settings app, do the following:-

Step 1. Open Settings.

Step 2. Click Time & Language.

Step 3. Under “Time & language,” select the Date & time option.

Step 4. On the right-side,” click the link Date, time & regional formatting under “Related settings” section.

Step 5. Next, select Region in the left sidebar.

Step 6. On the right side of “Region,” click the link Change data formats.

Step 7. Then, click on the dropdown menu Long time and select H:mm:ss or HH:mm:ss to apply a 24-hour clock. On the other hand, you can use H:mm:ss tt or HH:mm:ss tt for 12-hour clock.

How to Change Windows 11 or 10 Lock Screen Clock Format through Control Panel?

To change the Lock Screen clock format through Control Panel, do the following:-

Step 1. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. Under “Clock and Region,” select Change date, time, or number formats to change the lock screen date format.

Step 3. Then, switch to Formats tab. Click on the dropdown menu Long time and select H:mm:ss or HH:mm:ss to apply a 24-hour clock. On the other hand, you can use h:mm:ss tt or hh:mm:ss tt for 12-hour clock.

Step 4. Click Apply.

Step 5. Click OK.

Step 6. Reboot your computer.

That’s it.

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