Change your date format

Dates appear in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 based on the format specified in the settings for your operating system. If you want to change the date display — for example, to be a day-month-year format instead of month-day-year format — you change this in the Control Panel program in Windows Vista and earlier.

 Note   All programs on your computer that use date settings from your operating system will be affected by the changes that you make in Control Panel.

Change date settings in Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Clock, Language, and Region, and then under Regional and Language Options, click Change the date, time, or number format.
  2. On the Formats tab, click Customize this format.
  3. On the Date tab, specify any changes that you want to make, under Short date and Long date.

Change date settings in Microsoft Windows XP

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Regional and Language Options.
  2. On the Regional Options tab, under Standards and formats, click Customize.
  3. On the Date tab, specify any changes that you want to make, under Short date and Long date.

If you do not see the format that you want in Short date or Long date, follow the guidelines specified in the following table.

 Note   Type an upper case M for the month setting. The lowercase m is used for the minute setting.

To Do this
Display single-digit numbers without a leading zero. Type a single character. Type d for the day setting, type y for the year setting, and type M for the month setting.
Display leading zeros with single-digit numbers. Type two characters. Type dd for the day setting, type yy for the year setting, and type MM for the month setting.
Display the last two digits of the year. Type yy for the year setting.
Display four digits for the year. Type yyyy for the year setting.
Display abbreviations for the day or month. Type three characters. Type ddd for the day setting and type MMM for the month setting.
Display the full name of the day or month. Type four characters. Type dddd for the day setting and type MMMM for the month setting.
Display additional text. Type single quotation marks (') around text.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007