For testing purposes, occasionally, I need to change the date and time of the OS. I would really like to have a direct access to the window which allows me to do just that. (In windows 10, you have to do some extra steps, which I prefer to skip: click to clock (bottom right), select 'Date and time settings', select another option and then you get into a new window, where you have to click the 'Set the time and date', and only then you get the 'Date and Time' window - the red window)

Is there a way to open the red window (see the image bellow) by just double clicking a shortcut?

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    if you just want to set the date time then there's no need to open that dialog. You can do that entirely from the command line
    – phuclv
    Apr 13, 2021 at 10:59

3 Answers 3


You can create a shortcut pointing to timedate.cpl

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  • thank you for your answer (it works) and for your recommendation.
    – radui
    Apr 12, 2021 at 10:03

You can run timedate.cpl. Or you can run a cmd and type 'time' or 'date' to set them.


Save this command in bat file

%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,0

or this one save this command in bat file

%windir%\explorer.exe ms-settings:dateandtime
  • thank you for your answer. (1) regarding the first solution, could detail what ",,0" does? (2) the second command does not open the (red) window I wanted (I'm using win10 ver1909 build18363.1379)
    – radui
    Apr 12, 2021 at 10:15
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    The ,,0 means it passes 0 as the second argument to timedate.cpl
    – Silbee
    Apr 12, 2021 at 10:42

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