On the Macintosh: Date & Time Control Panel
The Windows Date/Time control panel lets you set your date, time, and time zone. You can do all that and more in the Macintosh Date & Time control panel (Apple menu → Control Panels → Date & Time).
The Date Formats and Time Formats buttons let you modify the way the Macintosh displays dates and times; in Windows, these settings are in the Regional Settings control panel.
Both Windows and Mac OS 8.5 (or later) can automatically adjust your computer’s clock for daylight savings time (see Figure 28-1). In all previous versions of the Mac OS, you must check a Daylight Savings Time checkbox to make the Mac OS adjust the time.
Another welcome feature that appeared in Mac OS 8.5’s Date & Time control panel is time synchronization over the Internet. Few computer clocks are completely accurate on their own; and by leaving this setting on, you can be sure that the Mac’s clock is always accurate to within fractions of a second.
Finally, you can turn the menu bar clock on and off from the Date & Time control panel, set a wide variety of clock options, including display format, chimes, and font settings.
Consider turning on the Date & Time control panel’s option to display the seconds ticking by on its menu clock. That way, you’ll be able to tell at a glance whether or not a program ...