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How to change the default date settings in Linux Mint 19.3

Peter Lee

The default system setting for Linux Mint 19.3 is the US system of month, day, year which drives so many people in the rest of the world to the borders of insanity or rage.

There are many solutions for this across the internet. They are all written for command line junkies. But for everyone else, there's a quick and simple solution.

You know how it is: your email doesn't sort properly because the numbers in the date are all in the wrong order. In theory, you can go to each application and chance the defaults individually but not only is that a pain in the bum but it's also not possible with some programs, such as Thunderbird which takes its format directly from the system set up.

But don't fret: you don't have to go to Terminal: you can do it all on the desktop with a few clicks.

Click the big green button in the bottom left and call up the main menu. Search for Languages and open it. Everything you need to do is done from here. Make sure you have your admin password ready.

Click "install/remove languages" and find the one you want to work in. Check if any issues are noted (for example that some required files are missing) and if so, install it. Alternatively, if the one you want isn't installed, then install that now.

Next, back in the Language Settings panel, you can make some pretty granular assignments. The Language one is great - it corrects the spelling of, for example, instal to install. Region sets defaults for currency, number format, measurements and even address formats. Hello, Post Code, you've been missed.

But the one that you've been looking for is Time format which puts dates and time into the UK format. There's just one thing you can't do from here and that's convert the clock to 24 hour format.

Then click "Apply System-Wide".

Once you've made all of those selections, simply close all windows and reboot your PC. The new format will now be the one that your system defaults to.