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I need to change the date format of the created and modified dates in every list in a site collection. I can't create a new column and I can't modify the xslt. Is there a setting in share point that I can use. Alternatively, will changing it on the web front end change it in the application?

EDIT: Here is an example of what I want to change it to e.g. yyyy-MM-dd

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Can you give an example of what you want to change it to? – Tim Gabrhel Oct 11 '11 at 19:23
How do you want to change it exactly? – David Lozzi Oct 11 '11 at 19:23
@DavidLozzi I went ahead and converted your answer to a comment. – Kit Menke Oct 11 '11 at 20:20
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If you go to the root of the site collection (from Site Settings on any web, you should see a Go to top level site settings link if you are a Site Collection Admin, this will take you to the root).

In the root site collection, there is a Regional Settings link under Site Administration. You can try to change the locale, this should change the display of dates (as well as numbers and times) in the Site Collection.

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I want the local to stay the same, but it is the policy of the organization to represent all electronic dates with yyyy-MM-dd. – user2903 Oct 12 '11 at 13:49

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