Change The Unit Of Measurement in Windows XP
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
OS: Windows XP
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 XP.
Essentially, the unit of measurement used by Microsoft Windows XP
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 XP (refer here for instructions using Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista):
- 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 window that you can see in Figure
2. In this window, select Date, Time, Language, and
Regional Options (highlighted in red in Figure
Figure 2: Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options selected in Control Panel
- From the resultant window, click on Regional
and Language Options icon as shown
in Figure 3 (highlighted in red).
Figure 3: Regional and Language Options icon
- This opens the multi-tabed Regional
and Language Options dialog box that you can
see in Figure
4. In this dialog
box make sure that the Regional Options tab is selected
and click the Customize..
button (highlighted in red in Figure
Figure 4: Customize button selected within Regional and Language Options dialog box
- This brings up the Customize Regional Options, another
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 changes.