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Military Time in Windows Vista

I was recently working with a client and he had military time running on his Windows clock in Windows Vista. If you polish your shoes and have perfected the making of your bed, here is how to set military time in Windows Vista.

I was recently working with a client and he had military time running on his Windows clock in Windows Vista. If you polish your shoes and have perfected the making of your bed, here is how to set military time in Windows Vista.

Click the  and type region in the Instant Search field (Figure A).

Figure A.

From the Regional and Language Options window, click the Customize this format button, and select the Time tab (Figure B).

Figure B.

Choose HH:mm:ss and your military time (Figure C) will now be displayed. See you tomorrow at 1300.

Figure C.
13 comments
pngswaen
pngswaen

This 24H Time, got my Military attention!?

rickmoore
rickmoore

Its NOT Military Time its the 24h clock, in fact the Railways & Air services have been using the 24h clock as long as the Military

rjl24
rjl24

Solved my desire for 24 hour time. This is not only military time to me but a more efficient way to make sure I know what the correct time is. Robert

james.morgan
james.morgan

Being from the UK, where we use the 24 hour clock (military time) on everything from train timetables to bedroom alarm clocks, I found the American rail system to be confusing when I realised you didn't use it! My mind instinctively reads 5.30 as 0530, and disregards any following 'A' or 'P', so I had a mental battle on trying to figure out overnight trains!

dar357
dar357

I've lived in the US all my life & I agree 100 %. AM & PM should be abandoned, period!

rh.addington
rh.addington

Why do you call it "military time", as though it had no application to civilian life? In fact, the 24-hour clock has been standard in international railway and airline schedules for decades. I've always used it in my PC. It is now part of the standard known as ISO 8601, which also includes the YYYY-MM-DD format for numeric dates. The originator of the 24-hour clock was Sir Sandford Fleming, chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway, who once spent an uncomfortable night in the waiting room of a station in rural Ireland because a misprint in his timetable had his train leaving at 5:30 p.m. instead of 5:30 a.m. Since I still use XP, I can't comment on where to find this option in Vista. Is it still accessible through Control Panel, as in XP? Robert Addington London, Ontario Canada

UAddUp
UAddUp

the 24 hours clock is used worlwide, but in america, it is referred to as "Military Time". It is perfectly ok for an american to refer to it as "military time" Even wikipedia says so. In the rest of the world, they also talk using a 12 hour clock - they only use 24 hour clock in writing and in specialized fields. For those who dont know how to convert Military Time to Conventional time, try this: http://calculatehours.com/Military_Time_Converter.html

dar357
dar357

I attended College in 1977 & majored in Computer Science & was told in those years that we should never ever use AM & PM when thinking of time - especially in the business world. That can cost huge errors in Data Center applications. Whenever I went on vacation in Canada or the Caribbean - all retail establishments have opening & closing times in 24-hour time. It seems that the only country in the whole world that uses AM & PM is the US. It's no wonder that the world views the US as they do.

rh.addington
rh.addington

Yes, Americans tend to think that the rest of the world is out of step with the U.S. In this matter,at least, the truth is precisely the opposite!

rjl24
rjl24

Help and Support> Customize regional Options> regional and language options> Customize this format> Customize Regional Options > Time> From drop down chart use "H.mm.ss" or "HH.mm.ss" depending on when you are resetting the time. Hope this helps. Robert

Msradell
Msradell

I'm running Vista Home Premium on a Toshiba laptop and I can find "Regional and Language Options" do I have to turn it on somehow? I've looked for it using the method suggested and using the search function with no luck

Infinity306
Infinity306

go to control panel and if it isn't set to classic(default is not classic), click on Clock, Language and Region.

Steven Warren
Steven Warren

I just tested it and could not find it. I have to research and see how it is buried in this particular version of Windows Vista. Anyone out there have the answer?