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