How to Change an Incorrect Time for Receiving Emails

by Herman Cruz
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Knowing the exact time when an email was sent to you can be very important, especially if you work in a business environment where time is of the essence. Businesses generally use computer-based email programs such as Outlook Express, Eudora and Thunderbird to send and receive emails. If your computer's time is set incorrectly, on the wrong time zone or the Internet time settings are not set properly, the time displayed on your received emails will show up incorrectly. To fix this pesky issue, edit your time and date settings by accessing the "Date and Time" dialog box.

Step 1

Click the time displayed on the bottom-right corner of your screen. A box displaying the date, time and calendar will pop up.

Step 2

Click the "Date and Time" tab, verify that the time and date displayed match your time and date. Click the "Change Date and Time" tab, change the time and date in the corresponding boxes and click "OK" to save the changes.

Step 3

Check where it says "Time Zone" to ensure that your computer is set to the right time zone. If it isn't, click the "Change Time Zone" tab, select the correct time zone from the drop-down menu and click "OK" to save the changes.

Click the "Internet Time" tab on the upper region of the box. Verify that this window says "This computer is set to automatically synchronize." If it doesn't say this, click the "Change Settings" tab, check the box that says "Synchronize with an Internet time server" and click "OK" to save changes. Now your computer will be synchronizing the time automatically to display the correct time at all times.


  • If you use a web-based email service such as Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL, Gmail or AIM, you'll also need to change the time zone in your email settings. For instance, with Hotmail you click "Options," "More Options" and "Account Details." Click the "Change" link displayed beside "Country/Region," select your time zone from the drop-down menu displayed beside "Time Zone" and click "Save."


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About the Author

Based in Orange County, Calif., Herman Cruz has been writing since 2007. His articles have been published in various content platforms and he also has written for Internet entrepreneurs who need assistance with writing sales letters and articles for their businesses. Cruz is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in integrated composition, improvisation and technology at the University of California in Irvine.

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