Set the Date & Time Preferences on Your Mac
Open System Preference and choose Date & Time
- In the Date & Time Tab, choose “Set date and time automatically:” and your region.
- As long as your Mac is connected to the Internet, your date and time will be updated automatically (including daylight saving time and when you are traveling).
- If you wish to use a non-local date and time format, click the Open Language & Region… button.
Next, click the Time Zone tab and select “Set time zone automatically using current location” to have the date & time updated automatically when you travel.
Last, click the Clock tab.
Here are my recommended settings:
- I have “Flash the time separators” selected because it’s a good way to tell if your Mac has frozen (the separators stop flashing).
- I recommend not selecting any “Date options:” because it saves menu bar real estate and you can see this info by clicking on the time in the menu bar.
- “Announce the time:” is a helpful feature if you work from home or wear headphones in the office.