How to Change the Time/Date Format in Quickbooks

clock-tower-190677_960_720Looking to change the time and date format in your Quickbooks accounting software? If you are reading this, I’m assuming the answer is yes. Quickbook allows users to change this format to either a decimal or minutes, depending on the user’s preferences. Unfortunately, this option is somewhat hidden, leaving many users asking the question: how do I change the time and date format in Quickbooks?

First and foremost, it’s important to note that only the administrator can make these changes. If you don’t have admin privileges to your Quickbooks account, you won’t be able to change the time and date format. So, first log into your Quickbooks account as the administrator, after which you can follow the steps listed below to change the time and date format.

Once logged into Quickbooks as the administrator, choose Edit > Preferences > General > Company Preferences tab. From here, you can select either decimal or minutes for your preferred format. With the decimal format, Quickbooks automatically interupts time entries as decimal fractions, so 2 hours and 30 minutes would be represented as 2.5, for instance. The minutes format, on the other hand, is the standard format in which time entries are represented as hours and minutes, such as 2:30 for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Now that you know how to change the time, you might be wondering how to change the date in Quickbooks. After all, this option isn’t available using the steps mentioned above. So, how do you change the date? Well, the date formats for Quickbooks is the same as your Windows operating system.

If you are running Quickbooks on a computer with either Windows 8 or Windows 10, you should open the computer window by pressing the Windows key + E, followed by Settings > PC Settings > Time and language. From here, click the option titled “Change date and time formats” under the “Date and time” section. You can then configure options for the first day of the week, short date, or long date.

The steps for changing the date format in Quickbooks is a little different if your computer runs Windows 7, however. To update the date format, open the Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Formats > choose the format regional language that you prefer. Next, change the date formats to the desired way in which you’d like them to be display, followed by clicking the Apply button. Sorry if you were expecting more, but that’s all it takes to update your date format in Quickbooks!

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