It never fails: Every fall when we turn back our clocks one hour from Daylight Saving Time, there is always someone who shows up for church an hour early, forgetting to make the time change. This year was no different and thank goodness, it wasn’t me! This awkward time change thing is what prompted today’s article.
Before I begin, it has been brought to my attention that a friend of mine received a call from someone acting as though they were from Microsoft and subsequently lost many thousands of dollars from their bank in the scam. This is happening right now to our residents. Do not fall for these scams. Remember, if they call you first, it is almost certainly a scam. Also, remember, Microsoft does not call you to fix your infected computer. If you are ever in doubt, don’t do it.
Let’s start with the Apple people. Open your System Preferences by selecting the Apple at the top-left of your desktop. Once open, select Date & Time. Before you can make any changes, you must first select the lock in the lower-left corner, enter your User Name and password and select Unlock.
Near the top of the box, select the Clock tab. Here you have some options as to the appearance and behavior of your time and date. One thing that I have always liked about my Mac is that when I make the change in the box, it is immediate so I can see if I like it or not and can easily change it back. In most cases, it’s popular to show the date and time in the menu bar and typically, the digital version is a little easier to read at a glance.
If time is critical in your work or personal life, you can even select to show the seconds tick by. Military and law enforcement may feel more comfortable using a 24-hour clock. On my Mac, I also show the day of the week and the date. And for those who want to hear the time announced out loud, you could select that, too.
I skipped over one option and that is the Flash the time separators. When you enable this, it will cause the colon that separates the hours and minutes in your menu bar to blink once per second. Mac users state they like this because it can actually indicate that your computer hasn’t frozen and is still running. Others indicated that it allows them to count seconds accurately and easily if needed in a situation. In any event, this feature has less impact for most of us.
Next, select the Time Zone tab above. Here you can choose to set the time zone automatically, using your current location. And finally, select the Date and Time tab above. Most of us don’t want to be messing about with the date and time, so you can select to have it automatically set. When you are finished with all your selections, click the lock below to prevent further changes.
For PC users, open the settings page by clicking the start button in the lower-left corner and then click Settings. It is the icon that looks like a sprocket, located just above the power button icon. Next, click “Time & language.”
Most of the time, if you click to have the time and the time zone to set automatically, you will not need to make any other adjustments. When you go out of town, your PC should make the time changes as you travel, but if you’d rather not have them change, just move the sliders so they aren’t set automatically.
First, to have your PC automatically adjust for Daylight Saving Time, you must first turn off the setting: “Set time zone automatically.” Next, in the drop-down menu, select your time zone and then move the slider to On to “Adjust for Daylight Saving Time automatically.”
If you need to make a change to the time, turn off the setting “Set time automatically” and then click the Change button. In the box that appears, choose your time and then click “Change.” You can then move the slider to “Set time automatically.”
If you want to change the format of your date and time, just scroll down below and click the appropriate link. As you make the changes, they are immediate, allowing you to see if you really want them or need to make further adjustments. When you are finished with your choices, you can close all open windows.
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the internet. You can reach him for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com