Indiana Daylight Savings Time

I’ve noticed a few search refer­rals show up regard­ing Indi­ana and the time change that will occur in just over two hours. So to those who have searched and who will search, I hope this clears things up for you:

For most of Indi­ana, at 2:00am on Sun­day, Octo­ber 29, time will “fall back.” What this means is that 2:00am will become 1:00am and will then progress nor­mal­ly until the next time change. (And yes, that means 1:00, 1:01, 1:02, and so on, will all occur twice in the same night. Freaky, I know; just in time for Halloween.) 

I went ahead and switched my clocks tonight, so while I’m writ­ing this at 11:50, I’m con­sid­er­ing it 10:50. This gives me the extra hour tonight, and I won’t have to wor­ry about has­sling with the time switch when I wake up. I’ll have already adjusted.

I real­ize that most of us in Indi­ana are still fair­ly new to the con­cept of time changes, hav­ing only gone through one change so far. But I do hope over the course of the next day every­one can get adjust­ed: if you don’t remem­ber to change your clocks, you’re liable to show up for work an hour late on Monday!

Users of cell phones will have it a bit eas­i­er; I use mine as a watch, and the time on it will auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust for me, which is handy.

The time on my com­put­er will also adjust. Fol­low these steps to make sure yours does as well:

  • Dou­ble-click the time dis­play on the Start bar to open the Date and Time Prop­er­ties dialog.
  • Switch to the Time Zone tab.
  • Make sure that “(GMT-05:00) East­ern Time (US & Cana­da)” is select­ed in the drop-down.
  • Tick the box for “Auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust clock for day­light sav­ing changes.”
  • Press “OK” to save and exit.

I hope this is a help­ful reminder for oth­er Hoosiers out there as we move from “day­light time” back to “stan­dard time”!

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Rick Beckman