Sharepoint Online Or On-Premises Time Zone & Regional Settings

This article is about SharePoint online or on-premises Time Zone. As we know, “A time zone is a region of the globe that observes a uniform standard time for legal, commercial, and social purposes. Time zones tend to follow the boundaries of countries and their subdivisions because it is convenient for areas in close commercial or other communication to keep the same time.” from Google.

There are two types of SharePoint online or on-premises Time Zone.

  • Regional setting
    This controls time zone for the site. This is the default time zone which all users inherit. This setting is controlled by the Administrator.

  • Personal setting
    It is something like each user has control on and over the control to override Administrative default settings.

Let me describe the Regional settings in details. 

  • Regional setting

    This zone is set separately for each site and controlled by the Administrator only. We can change this site time zone later also, on deployment and configuration. Please make sure that you should have administrator rights to do the same.

To change the Regional setting of the site, we need to follow the below steps.

  • Open any of SharePoint site with Administrator rights and click on Site setting (Gear Box) at the top right of the page.

  • Once clicked, we will get an option called Site Settings.

  • Click on Site Settings and select "Regional settings" from site administrator option see below.

  • Now, once selected Regional settings, we will redirect to the settings page of regional setting.

  • Here, we can see two heading options available.

    • Time Zone
      Specify the standard time zone.

    • Region
      It will be about region, like timings calendar and etc…

Let’s see about Time Zone

We have a number of default time zones available from the drop down list. By default, the time zone will be selected as below.

  1. <Default selected" value="13"> (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)  

We just we need to change this setting to the zone we need to select. Then, click the OK button .

Now, let's look into the Region setting.

  • Locale
    Select a locale from the list, to specify the way the site displays numbers, dates, and time. By default, it will be set to U.S. English.

If you wish to update the local settings, just select from drop down and click OK.

  • Sort Order
    We can specify the sort order. If we have selected English, it will show general.

  • Enable An Alternate Calendar
    Specify a secondary calendar that provides extra information on the calendar features. By default, it will be set as none.

  • Define Your Work Week

    Here, another option will be available, called "define your work week". Select what days comprise your work week and select the first day of each work week.

  • Time Format
    Here, we can define time format. We can Specify whether you want to use 12-hour time format or 24-hour format.

  • Subsite Settings
    If we are checking out this box, the same settings will inherit to all subsite which will created under this site collection.

Now, it is time to click on OK. Once clicked, it will take effect immediately.