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Chapter 4. Setting System Preferences > Setting the Date and Time

Setting the Date and Time

The date and time you set on your computer is very important. When you save a file or send and receive an e-mail, your computer uses the date and time you set in the Date & Time preference pane. You can set the date and time manually, or if your computer is connected to the Internet, you can have a time server set it automatically. If you have a full time Internet connect, such as DSL or cable, use the time server, otherwise you should set it manually. To make sure your files and e-mail times are not off by a few hours, you need to set your time zone. You can also set the date and time to display as a digital (12:05 PM) or analog (round face with hands) clock in the menu bar or in a window, or have the computer speak, announcing the time at certain intervals.

Set the Date and Time

Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Date & Time icon.

Click the Date & Time tab.

To set the time automatically over the Internet, select the Set Date & Time Automatically check box, and then use the pop-up to select a time server.

To set the date and time manually, use any of the following methods:

  • Select the individual date and time fields, and then enter a number, or use the up and down arrows.

  • Click a date in the calendar and drag the hands on the clock.

TROUBLE? Click Revert to reset the date and time.

Click Save.

Click the Time Zone tab.

Click the part of the map closest to your location.

Click the Closest City pop-up, and then select the closest city to your location.

Click the Close button.


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