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This is no longer applicable, as that special Indiana setting was added because no Daylight Savings Time setting had to be considered.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

4 thoughts on “Indiana Daylight Savings Time”

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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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