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Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows 10

Learn how to change the unit of measurement from US to Metric, and vice versa in Windows 10.


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Essentially, the unit of measurement used by Microsoft Windows 10 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, we'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 10:

  1. Close all open applications. Click the Windows button (highlighted in red within Figure 1) and then click the Settings option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1.
  2. Select Settings option
    Figure 1: Select Settings option
  3. You can also select the Control Panel option as shown highlighted in green within Figure 1, above. To use this option, look at our Change The Unit Of Measurement in Windows 8 tutorial; this option works the same way in Windows 10.
  4. This opens the Settings dialog box, as shown in Figure 2. In this dialog box, select the Time & language option (highlighted in red with Figure 2).
  5. Settings dialog box
    Figure 2: Settings dialog box
  6. This opens the Time & Language window, as shown in Figure 3. In this window, make sure that the Region & language option is selected on the sidebar, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3. Then select the Additional date, time, & regional settings option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3.
  7. Time & Language window
    Figure 3: Time & Language window
  8. This brings up the Clock, Language, and Region window. Within this window, click on Region option as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
  9. Clock, Language, and Region window
    Figure 4: Clock, Language, and Region window
  10. This opens the multi-tabbed Region dialog box that you can see in Figure 5. Within this dialog box, make sure that the Formats tab is selected, and click the Additional settings... button (highlighted in red within Figure 5).
  11. Region dialog box
    Figure 5: Region dialog box
  12. This brings up another multi-tabbed Customize Format dialog box, as shown in Figure 6. Make sure that you are on the Numbers tab. Then locate the Measurement system option, click it, and choose Metric (or U.S.) from the resultant drop-down list, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 6.
  13. Customize Format dialog box
    Figure 6: Customize Format dialog box
  14. Click the OK button to apply changes.

See Also:

Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows XP
Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows Vista
Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows 7
Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows 8

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