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The Date & Time pane of the System Preferences in macOS allows a user to customize the built-in clock and calendar settings of their Mac. It is seldom necessary to set the time manually as Macs with Internet access can normally set time automatically by checking a network time server.

History[]

With the release of Mac OS X, the Date & Time preference pane superseded the Date & Time control panel from classic Mac OS.[1] The functionality has changed little since then.[2]

Interactions with other software[]

The Language & Region preference pane includes a 24-Hour Time button that can override the setting in the Clock tab of the Date & Time preference pane. The Calendar utility included with macOS will use the setting from the Time Zone tab of the Date & Time preference pane by default. Switching the time zone from within Calendar will allow a user to see the time for an event scheduled in another time zone without changing the overall setting for the computer.

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References[]

  1. Road to Mac OS X Leopard: System Preferences by Prince McLean, AppleInsider. 2007-10-24.
  2. The untold history of macOS System Preferences by Arun Venkatesan. 2020-09-17.

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Notes: Items in gray indicate panes of System Preferences that were merged or renamed. Items in strikethrough have been replaced or discontinued. Items in italics are only available if the corresponding hardware or software is installed. This list does not include 3rd-party preference panes.
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