Very tedious question, but I simply can't stand the format.

I'd like to change the way time is displayed from eg. 11.26 to 11:26

I can't seem to do this anywhere within the Windows 10 settings, I've searched throughout the whole Date & Time settings as well as any Control Panel settings, trying to change Short time and Long time within it, doesn't give me any other options.

How would I go by changing it by other means?

EDIT: Current Windows build is: 10.0.18363 Build 18363

  • Where are you seeing this format, the clock in the bottom right? What is your Region and Regional format set to be out of interest? Apr 19, 2020 at 9:36
  • Mainly bottom right but anywhere within Windows where time is displayed. My region is Denmark and regional format is English (Denmark). Normal time format should be using ":", I recently installed a fresh version of Windows 10 in order to fix some previous errors. Although there the time worked without a problem.
    – Fractus
    Apr 19, 2020 at 9:39
  • My Windows 10 install gives me an option for 11.26.30 or 11:26:30. You can recheck in Settings > Time and Language > Region > Change Data Format in bottom of page. Apr 19, 2020 at 9:41
  • Yeah, I'm aware of this. Though I don't get the option to change the time format, I can only choose "11.26.30"
    – Fractus
    Apr 19, 2020 at 9:43
  • Can you give me your selected regional format? Apr 19, 2020 at 9:51

2 Answers 2


The answer is simple. You just have to select a compatible regional format. For example, you can simply select English(United States) and your problem is solved.

  • What if you're Spanish, or Hungarian, or Chinese… or… anything else that doesn't use a standard English keyboard layout?
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 19, 2020 at 10:08
  • @Tetsujin I do not claim this is a universal solution. I just advised him only after knowing that he is using English. If you are using any other language, refer to the second answer. Apr 19, 2020 at 10:11
  1. Launch the Region settings by running: Intl.cpl.
  2. Click the Additional settings... button.
  3. You can then edit the Time formats values from . to : as shown below:

Time format

  • A universal solution +1. But for beginners, my answer is quite enough. :) Apr 19, 2020 at 9:58

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