A dialog is a window which has places for you to make choices or to give a response. Dialogs can be as simple as a two-button Yes/No box. Some dialogs have several sections on different tabs.
You have already seen the Shut Down/Turn off computer dialog and the Mouse Properties dialog.
You will practice using the Date/Time dialog to make changes to Windows.
If you are sharing a computer, do not forget to undo any changes you make that might cause problems for others!
[Note: if you are on a network or are using a classroom computer, you may not be able to make changes, your changes may not be saved when you log off, or they may be lost when the computer is restarted.]
Step-by-Step: Date/Time Dialog
|What you will learn:||
to use the different types of input in dialog boxes
to use Dialog Help
to change the time and date
to close a dialog box
Start with: with Taskbar showing.
Screen tips are often available for icons and toolbar buttons.
Vista: The Aero features must be enabled.
Win7: The Taskbar button for an open application shows a popup thumbnail of each window. The illustration shows two Internet Explorer windows. Only separate windows get a thumbnail. If your window has several open tabs, only the active one will show in the thumbnail.
Thumbnails can be quite useful!
If you are working in Windows Vista or Win7, skip to the next set of steps.
The Date/Time Properties dialog box appears. This dialog contains a calendar and a clock. From here you can change the computer's date and time.
This is an example of a dialog box, also called just a dialog.
Since all computers have a small battery inside to keep the clock running, even when unplugged, the time should not be off much unless the battery is getting old. (Or someone has been playing around!)
It is important that the date and time be correct so that your files will have an accurate time stamp. You can also insert the date or time into a document. If the computer doesn't have the right date or time, neither will your document.
Don't leave this dialog open while you work! In older versions of Windows, if you leave this dialog open, the documents you save and the folders that you create are time stamped with whatever date and time are displayed in the dialog, even if you have not clicked the Apply button! Win XP and Vista seem to have fixed this dangerous behavior.
Let's check out some of the parts of this window.
Notice that the Apply button is grayed out- the letters are gray instead of black. This means that this command is not available right now. The letters will go to black if you make a change in a setting.
The Date and Time dialog appears. From the Date and Time tab you can change the date, time, or time zone. The tab Additional Clocks lets you display other time zones. The tab Internet Time lets you synchronize your computer's clock with an official time clock.
How to change the time: Type in a time or select part of the time and use the spin arrow to change the values. The arrows will only affect one part of the time at a time. As you change the values, the clock face will change to match.
There are several ways to get out of this dialog box.
Try out each of these methods, listed below.
When you have tried all 4 methods, leave the dialog box closed. Be sure not to leave the time and date changed unless they were wrong to begin with.
The dialog includes another tab - Internet Time. On this tab you can reset your computer clock to match a standard clock at Microsoft or at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Of course, you must be connected to the Internet to do this. If your computer is connected nearly all the time, the clock will update weekly. There is a button that updates the clock right now.