On Windows 10, the region settings allow the OS and apps (such as the Microsoft Store) to personalize your experience showing you content based on your location. In addition, based on your location Windows 10 can also automatically show the correct format for dates, times, and currency.
In the past, if you needed to change regional settings, such as the first day of the week, currency, and date and time formats, you had to use Control Panel. However, starting with version 1809, Windows 10 splitting the “Region & Language” page in the Settings app, and it’s adding a new “Region” page that now includes the options to set your location and choose your preferred formats.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to change the location on Windows 10 (October 2018 Update), and set the correct regional formats.
How to change location and regional formats settings on Windows 10
If your device is displaying incorrect content, date, time, or currency formats, you can adjust your region settings using these steps:
Click on Time & Language.
Click on Region.
Under the “Region” section, use the drop-down menu to set your correct location.
Under the “Regional format” section, use the drop-down menu to decide if Windows 10 should configure date and time formats based on your language and regional settings.
Under the “Regional format data” section, click the Change data formats link.
Select your language options:
- First day of the week.
- Short date.
- Long date.
- Short time.
- Long time.
Once you’ve completed the steps, your region settings will reflect your preferences. However, you may need to close and re-open some apps for the new settings to take effect.
While the page includes most region settings, if you need to adjust the language for non-Unicode programs, or you need to make a copy of the settings, on the right-side of the Region page, under “Related settings,” click the Additional date, time, & regional settings link. This link will open the Region settings in Control Panel, where you can access the Administrative tab to adjust additional settings.
In the case that you don’t see these settings, it’s because you’re not running a supported version of Windows 10. The Region settings page is expected to arrive with Windows 10 October 2018 Update. If you’re running version 1803 or earlier, you can still change these settings using Control Panel.
Update July 2, 2018: This guide has been updated to reflect the changes on the latest version of Windows 10.