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How to handle time zones?

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  • For some reason I'm not understanding how to handle differences in time zones in a SharePoint List. I have a list where users will submit a notification that will be viewed by users that are spread across multiple time zones. So for example, if the submitter is located in Florida (EDT), and submits an item with a StartDate of '8/25/2014 3:30pm', a user located in Arizona (MST) should see that item with a StartDate of '8/25/2014 12:30pm' (-3 hours difference).

    However, when I try this in a test list, both users see the same time.

    Is there a way to handle this so that users can see the StartDate in their respective TimeZones?

    Thanks,

    cflbasser

    Monday, August 25, 2014 8:04 PM

Answers

  • SharePoint stores all times and dates in Universal Time Code format and then displays it by adjusting to a specific timezone.  By default SharePoint uses the same Timezone as the server to display content.  This can be overriden at various levels down to the individual user.  If a user changes the timezone setting in their regional setting then all times and dates will be displayed in thier time zone.  So if User A has their regional settings set to Eastern time zone and enters an entry at 8:00 am, but the server is set to Pacific time zone.  Then User B will see the meeting as 5:00 AM if they haven't set a time zone in their regional setting.

    So if users modify their regional settings then each user will see times in their own timezone.  Here's how to change regional settings:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh166069(v=nav.70).aspx


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Marked as answer by cflbasser Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:44 PM
    Monday, August 25, 2014 11:27 PM

All replies

  • SharePoint stores all times and dates in Universal Time Code format and then displays it by adjusting to a specific timezone.  By default SharePoint uses the same Timezone as the server to display content.  This can be overriden at various levels down to the individual user.  If a user changes the timezone setting in their regional setting then all times and dates will be displayed in thier time zone.  So if User A has their regional settings set to Eastern time zone and enters an entry at 8:00 am, but the server is set to Pacific time zone.  Then User B will see the meeting as 5:00 AM if they haven't set a time zone in their regional setting.

    So if users modify their regional settings then each user will see times in their own timezone.  Here's how to change regional settings:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh166069(v=nav.70).aspx


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Marked as answer by cflbasser Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:44 PM
    Monday, August 25, 2014 11:27 PM
  • Thank you! I understand that now, and it makes more sense.

    One thing that I'm still struggling with... Why is this setting set on a per site basis, instead of a per user basis? And how does the Regional settings within the user's 'About Me' affect the Time Zones on a site (if at all)? 

    Thanks!

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:59 PM