How to change the lock screen clock to 12-hour or 24-hour format in Windows 10

How to change the lock screen clock to 12-hour or 24-hour format in Windows 10

Lock Screen is the screen you see when you lock your PC (or when it’s locked automatically after a period of time you’re not using it). The lock screen will also show up at startup, logout, and idle for a certain minute. You will need to remove the lock screen in order to be able to see the login screen and log into Windows. Users can remove the lock screen by pressing, using the keyboard or by dragging it up with the mouse.

The clock on the lock screen shows the time in 12-hour format by default.

This guide will show you how to change the lock screen time format to 12 or 24 hours (also known as military time) in Windows 10.

Change the clock to 12-hour or 24-hour time format on the lock screen for the current user

This is the lock screen displayed when the user account locks the computer when logging into Windows 10.

This option will only affect your account (current user).

1. Open the Control Panel (icon view) and click the Region icon .

2. Do step 3 (12 hours) or step 4 (24 hours) below, depending on what you want to do.

3. To change the lock screen clock to a 12 hour time format for your account, please change the time format for Long time to h: mm: ss tt and press OK.

Change the lock screen clock to a 12-hour time format for your account

4. To change the lock screen clock to a 24 hour time format for your account, change the time format for Long time to HH: mm: ss and press OK.

Change the lock screen clock to a 24-hour time format for your account

Change the clock to 12-hour or 24-hour time format on the default lock screen

You must be logged in as admin to perform this option.

This is the lock screen that appears when no user accounts are currently logged into Windows 10. For example, when starting Windows.

1. Open the Control Panel (icon view) and click the Region icon .

2. Do step 3 (12 hours) or step 4 (24 hours) below, depending on what you want to do.

3. To change the default lock screen clock to 12 hour time format, please change the time format for Long time to h: mm: ss tt , click Apply , select the Administrative tab and go to step 5. under.

Change default lock screen clock to 12 hour time format

4. To change the default lock screen clock to 24 hour time format, please change the time format for Long time to HH: mm: ss , click Apply , select the Administrative tab and go to step 5. below.

Change default lock screen clock to 24 hour time format

5. Click the Copy settings button .

Click the Copy settings button

6. Check the box Welcome screen and system accounts , and then click OK.

Check the Welcome screen and system accounts box

7. Click OK.

8. You can close the Control Panel if you want.

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