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Part 13. Maintaining Your Mac > Using the Date & Time Preferences

Using the Date & Time Preferences

Start up System Preferences and click the Date & Time icon.

Click the Time Zone tab.

Click the map near where you live.

Choose the nearest city from the Closest City pop-up menu.

INTRODUCTION

It's important that your Mac know what time it is. Every file on your hard drive is time-stamped, and the system uses that information to determine which files contain the latest data. Using the Date & Time preferences, you can ensure that the date and time stamps on your computer are accurate.


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Blink Blink

Another useful setting in Date & Time preferences is located on the Clock tab. Check the box marked Flash the time separators. Then, if the colon stops blinking, you'll know your Mac is frozen and you can restart it.


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Today's Date Is…

To see the full day and date, click the menu bar to reveal its own menu. You can also open the Date & Time preferences from this menu, as well as changing the menu bar clock to an analog icon instead of the standard digital alphanumeric display.


Click the Date & Time tab.

Check the box marked Set Date & Time automatically.

Choose the nearest timeserver from the pop-up menu.


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