Changing date settings

The date on my emails is now dd/mm/yyyy, but I want it to be mm/dd/yyyy.
Where do I change that date format?

Outlook follows your default date settings as you have configured them in Windows and uses these settings to display the date and time on your send/received columns but also in your Calendar, Tasks and some other properties.

Windows 7
Control Panel-> Clock, Language, and Region-> Regional and Language
You can use the drop down lists to select a preconfigured format or the button Additional Settings…-> tab Date to type a custom format.

Windows Vista
Control Panel-> Clock, Language, and Region-> Regional and Language Options-> button: Customize this format…-> tab Date

Windows XP
Control Panel-> Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options-> Regional and Language Options-> button Customize…-> tab Date

Regional Settings date (click to enlarge)
You can customize your date settings in Regional Settings of Windows.
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Outlook column formatting
Additionally, in Outlook you can customize your view to change how the date or time is displayed even more but always based on your Windows’ defaults;

  • Outlook 2007 and previous
    View-> Arrange By-> Customize…-> button Format Columns…
  • Outlook 2010
    tab View-> View Settings-> button Format Columns…

Here you can select the column “Received” or “Sent” or any other column displaying a date and use the Format drop down list to select a display format of choice.

For instance, I have my “Today’s Unread Mail” Search Folder to display the time only as I of course know already that I have received it today. Not showing the date gives me a better overview and leaves room for other information.

Customize the date format of the columns in Outlook
Customize the date format of the columns in Outlook.

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