Indiana Daylight Savings Time

Today is the first time in my life I have ever had to change my clocks, “spring­ing for­ward” as the case may be.

To my fel­low Hoosiers, I remind you that you need to set your clocks ahead an hour today, if you haven’t already. Ali­ci­a’s alarm clock did this auto­mat­i­cal­ly, as did our phones, and most of the oth­er clocks in the apart­ment were easy enough to get adjust­ed. I fig­ured my com­put­er would do this automatically–surely one of those auto­mat­ic Win­dows updates would account for some­thing as sim­ple as a time zone change, right?

Well, you’d think so, but it just isn’t so. If you dou­ble-click the clock on the Start Menu in Win­dows, you’ll bring up the Date and Time Prop­er­ties Dia­log. If you were as nit­picky as I was when set­ting up your com­put­er, you should have on the Time Zone tab “(GMT-05:00) Indi­ana (East).”

This is no longer applic­a­ble, as that spe­cial Indi­ana set­ting was added because no Day­light Sav­ings Time set­ting had to be con­sid­ered. That was then.

Now, you should set your Time Zone to “(GMT-05:00) East­ern Time (US & Cana­da)” which will bring up an option below the world map on that dia­log: “Auto­mat­i­cal­ly ajdust clock for day­light sav­ing changes.”

Check that and “OK” your way out of the dia­log, and your com­put­er clock will auto­mat­i­cal­ly spring for­ward and fall back for you at the appro­pri­ate time.

Of course, dis­cov­er­ing that my com­put­er did­n’t auto­mat­i­cal­ly make the leap means that it is actu­al­ly an hour lat­er in the day than I thought it was.

At least I did­n’t miss church this morning! :)


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4 responses to “Indiana Daylight Savings Time”

  1. Senior Avatar
    Senior

    This may very well mark the last time that I was more on top of a com­put­er issue than you were.

    I switched my com­put­er’s time zone a cou­ple of days ago.

    :)

  2. Rick Beckman Avatar

    Well la-dee-da. :)

    Of course, until Fri­day evening, I was under the impres­sion that we did­n’t spring for­ward until some­time in the mid­dle of April. Shows how much I’m up on the time change issue.

    I do know, how­ev­er, that next year we spring for­ward on the sec­ond Sun­day in March rather than the first Sun­day in April. That cer­tain­ly seems like some­thing that will require a Win­dows patch for to account for the built-in time chang­ing. Then again, one could always turn off the auto-change and man­u­al­ly change time zones /- 1 at the appro­pri­ate times of the year.

  3. Rick Avatar

    Well la-dee-da. :)

    Of course, until Fri­day evening, I was under the impres­sion that we did­n’t spring for­ward until some­time in the mid­dle of April. Shows how much I’m up on the time change issue.

    I do know, how­ev­er, that next year we spring for­ward on the sec­ond Sun­day in March rather than the first Sun­day in April. That cer­tain­ly seems like some­thing that will require a Win­dows patch for to account for the built-in time chang­ing. Then again, one could always turn off the auto-change and man­u­al­ly change time zones /- 1 at the appro­pri­ate times of the year.

  4. Senior Avatar
    Senior

    I’ll prob­a­bly skip the patch. It will prob­a­bly require pre­vi­ous patch­es that I don’t have. More trou­ble than it is worth. A new com­put­er can’t be that many decades away.

    I bet­ting I’ll just move the com­put­er back to Indi­ana time and man­u­al­ly change it twice a year.

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