Change The Unit Of Measurement in Windows Vista
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
OS: Microsoft Vista
Date Created: April 11th 2011
Last Updated: April 11th 2011
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to change the unit of measurement from US to Metric, and vice versa in Windows Vista.
Essentially, the unit of measurement used by Microsoft Windows Vista
is determined by settings in place within the Regional Settings applet
within the Control Panel -- choices available are U.S. and Metric --
in this tutorial, I'll show you how you can
change the units from U.S. to Metric, or vice versa.
Follow these steps to change the unit of measurement in Windows Vista (refer here for instructions using Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows XP):
- Close all open applications. Click the Start button and then click
Control Panel as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Control Panel selected
- This opens the Control Panel that you can see in Figure 2.
In this window, select the Clock, Language, and Region option
(highlighted in red in Figure 2).
Figure 2: Clock, Language and Region option selected in Control Panel
- From the resultant window, within the Regional
and Language Options section choose Change
the date, time, or number format option as shown
in Figure 3 (highlighted in red).
Figure 3: Regional and Language Options
- This opens the Regional and Language Options dialog
box that you can see in Figure 4. In this dialog
box click the Customize
this format... button (highlighted in red in Figure
Figure 4: Customize format button selected within Regional and Language Options dialog box
- This brings up the Customize Regional Option multi-tabbed
dialog box (see Figure 5) – make sure that you are
on the Numbers tab. Locate
the Measurement system option, click it, and choose Metric (or U.S.)
from the resultant drop-down list.
Figure 5: Metric measurement system selected within Customize Regional Options dialog box
- Click OK to apply the change.