How to Show AM / PM Symbols in System Tray Clock in Windows 7 and Later

Windows 7 and later don't show AM/PM symbols in system tray clock. Also Windows shows the time in 24 hour format i.e. 18:03.


If you want to get back the AM / PM symbols, then this tutorial will help you.

1. Type intl.cpl in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Regional and Language Options window.

2. Now click on "Addition Settings" button.

3. Go to "Time" tab and you'll see the value of "Long time" will be set to HH:mm:ss. Just add tt at last of the value, i.e. change the value to HH:mm:ss tt

4. If you want to show the time in 12 hour format (06:30 instead of 18:30), then change the value to hh:mm:ss tt


5. That's it. Click on Apply button and you'll get the AM / PM symbols back in system tray clock.


PS: If you want to customize AM / PM symbols to something else, then follow this tutorial:

How to Customize AM and PM Symbols in System Tray Clock in Windows?

NOTE: If you want to hide Time in system tray, put a blank space in "Long time" text box under "Time" tab.

Also Check:

How to Show Day and Month Names in System Tray Date in Windows?


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  • Thanks. I was wondering how to do it. But why microsoft had made it complex. Could be difficult for a non technical user.

  • this alway change. pls don't fixed hegher

  • Thanks!
    it helpful. means tt is for pm or Am

  • Thanks... its resolved my query regarding AM/PM not showing. Cheers!!!!!

  • Awesome!!! Thanks a TON.... I always wanted this and was looking all around

  • Strangely, in my system the time settings shows in the format of tt HH:mm:ss instead of HH:mm:ss tt, which becomes quite annoying as the time gets displayed as PM 10:09:21.
    It doesnt show the option of HH:mm:ss tt anywhere

    Can you help me on this!

  • Is there a way to show the long time and long date formats in the system tray clock?

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • Hi if your system showing tt HH:mm:ss then just edit it and HH:mm:ss tt. You can edit it manually, no need to select those option.

  • Did Microsoft remove the option to choose the symbols in time and date? I don't see the option anymore.

  • VG

    ^^ Its present here in Windows 8.1 Update 1 as well.

  • Windows 7 doesn't have that option anymore, I can't find it.

  • It's still there, don't worry. I forgot how to change it lol.

  • thnxxx ... its very helpful..
    i apreciate it

  • Thanks a lot. it worked. am pm came.

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