How to Change Date Format in Windows 10, 8.1 to dd-mm-yyyy

It is normal that most of the users want to change the date format in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 to match their region and requirements. If you are using the different day/month format in your country, then definitely this post will be helpful to modify it as you want. Changing the date format from mm-dd-yyyy to dd-mm-yyyy is not straightforward since this format is not included already. Let us see how to change the date format to dd-mm-yyyy from mm-dd-yyyy in Windows 10 and earlier versions Windows 8.1/7.

By default Windows 10 comes with MM-dd-yyyy format. If you are not using this format in your region then you must change it. The other programs like Microsoft Office and email clients will be reading this regional date setting and display the date in the same format. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not add dd-mm-yyyy or d-m-yyyy formats in the pre-built format column. We can manually enter the required format in advanced settings. Keep reading to find out more.

Important Note- This method is applicable for Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 2019 servers too. You can use the same settings to change the date format in the latest Windows servers.

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Change Date Format in Windows 10, 8.1 to dd-mm-yyyy From mm-dd-yyyy

Note: We can change the date and time format from the settings app. But this place is useful in selecting the formats listed by Microsoft.

Search for ‘date’ and select the change format options as shown below.

Date Format Search

From the short and long date format dropdowns, you can select the desired format. Unfortunately, you can’t add any new formats here.

Format Selection

If you need to add a custom format for your requirements, then we need to access the control panel.

The changes need to be done at Regional settings in Control panel. As you are aware, the control panel can be accessed in different ways in each Operating System.

1) It is easy to access control panel in Windows 7. Windows 8.1 users can use the charm bar or search option, and Windows 10 users can follow the method.

Search for the control panel in the new search of Windows 10 as below.

search control panel in Windows 10

Even though the following screenshots had been taken from Windows 10, but the settings remain the same for other Windows 7 and 8.1 Operating Systems.

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2) Under Regional Settings (or Clock, Language, and Region), click on ‘Change date, time, or number formats’ as shown below.

change date to dd-mm-yyyy in Windows 10

3) You can see the pre-defined date formats in the next screen. Click the drop-down button and see whether the format you are looking is available. As I mentioned earlier, the dd-mm-yyyy format is not included in the list.

default date format

Click on ‘Additional settings’ to open another window which will allow inputting our own format.

dd-mm-yyyy on Windows 8-1,10

4) Here we can change the date format in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1/7. Under the ‘Date’ tab, you can change the ‘Short date’ format. It will take your input. Make sure you are entering the correct format with notations. The meaning of notations available below. Click Apply to save the settings.

I hope this guide is helpful in changing the date format in your Windows 10, & 8.1 computers based on the required format by other programs and your region.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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