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Switching between time zones on Windows XP

Most software professionals who are on move and need to travel between time zones face the problem of having the time changes reflected in Microsoft Outlook. This causes problems like missing the scheduled meetings and conferences with other team members and associates. And if you travel in a time zone which has switched to Daylight Savings Time, it results in more confusion.

Now it's possible to get around this problem if you have Windows XP installed on your laptop. A setting in XP allows you to automatically translate times from other time zones into your local time zone. It also provides solution to the daylight saving problem by automatically adjusting your systems clock for DST.

To set up a different time zone during your travel:

  1. From Control Panel, select the Date and Time option.
  2. Clicking on the Time Zone tab will show you the list of available time zones
  3. Select the required time zone.
  4. Check the checkbox for automatically adjusting the clock for daylight saving changes if the time zone you selected falls into that category
  5. Click OK.

With these settings of time zone, your laptop will automatically adjust the time on your system clock for all incoming email messages to the correct time zone. You'll no longer miss any meetings or conferences, as your Outlook Calendar will give you proper timely alerts in advance.

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This was first published in January 2007

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