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You probably know that your Mac can tell time, so let's see how that happens. And here's a hint. It all happens in the Date & Time System Preference. This you'll find in the System row. Select it and here's Date & Time. Near the top of this window you'll see the option to Set date and time automatically. What this means is if your Mac is connected to the Internet, every so often it will check with the Time Server, and it will synchronize your Mac's clock with it. You have three options by default. So depending on where you're located, make sure that that Time Server is selected.
If you have that selected you can't do anything in the calendar and on the clock, because they're locked down to the Time Server. However, if you turn that option off, then you can set the date and time manually. So if I want to live in the future, I can click here on the 31st and I go back to today's date. You can also use the arrow buttons to move through months, dates, and years. Same idea with the clock. If I wanted to change the clock I can move into the future and go back into the past.
You can also use number keys to enter values. So for example, I'll make this 9:13. Of course, if I enable this Set date and time automatically, then I go back to the current date and time. Time zone is where you select your time zone. East Coast time, East Africa time, and some kind of Russian summer time. We are on the West Coast, so I'll set my time zone back there. And clock, you can choose to Show date and time in the menu bar.
You can see either a digital or an analog clock. This is what the analog clock is, so it's very discrete but a little hard to see. Back to digital. You can also show the date in the menu bar. This is something that you couldn't do with older versions of the Mac OS. Now it's one of the options. It's a very easy way to see what the date is. Also, your Mac can announce the time. So we'll do it on the hour, on the half hour, or on the quarter hour. You can also customize that voice. We're going to looking at speech settings for doing that in another movie.
Now quite honestly this is a feature that I don't think I'd ever seen anybody use, because I find it distracting to have my computer tell me what time it is. All I have to do is glance up into the menu bar and I can see what time it is when I need to. So we'll switch that off, and also I'm going to turn off the menu bar option. And that's date and time in Lion.
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