I'm confused about all of the time formats and then each format seems to have a matching format with a pm attached at the end. Does the pm signify that it will use 12 hour am and 12 hour pm vs 24 hour time? Pic attached:

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    In a word, yes.
    – Jimajamma
    Aug 26, 2012 at 16:21

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You happened to look at the example time formats at the wrong time of day. If it was an hour later, say 1:04 pm you would have seen

  • 26.08.2012 - 13:04
  • 08/26/2012 - 1:04pm (highlighted)

By the way you can also define your own formats to be used with the "Long", "Medium" and "Short" date types, if you don't like the pre-canned options. Look for the "Formats" tab under the date time settings:

admin/config/regional/date-time in Drupal 7 (the screen shot is D7.x)

Further, you can also define new date types (e.g. I often create "Time of day" or "Year") that you can then assign a particular format (ideally one that only shows hh:mm:ss AM/PM -h:i:s A- or year - Y - to match your naming convention). It is a bit confusing, but it is a two step process, but it is very flexible. Creating a "Year" only date type is great for using with the Views module to make display groupings on year.


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