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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 28. D

Date/Time Control Panel

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.

Date & Time control panel
Figure 28-1. Date & Time control panel

Note

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 ...

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