How to Correct Time on an Incoming Email


Incoming email with the incorrect time can be confusing, making it difficult to figure out when you got what email. Fixing it is easy. If all your email's times are messed up, the problem is that your computer clock is set to the wrong time zone. Even if it looks right on your computer, this could still be the problem. Sometimes you can have the wrong time zone, then manually reset the time from there, throwing email time stamps out of whack even though it looks fine on your desktop.

  • Select "Control Panel" from the Start menu.

  • Click "Clock, Language, and Region."

  • Click "Change time zone" under the "Date and Time" tab.

  • Click the area on the map closest to where you live. It should display the correct time zone. Click "OK" when it does.

  • Check the clock. It may now be incorrect, due to you having manually reset it in the previous zone. For instance, if by mistake you set New York time before by adding one hour under Central Time Zone, changing it now to Eastern Time will make it Eastern Time plus one hour. If so, click "Change date and time" to make the displayed time match the time zone.

  • Click "OK." From now on, your incoming emails will display the correct time stamp.

Tips & Warnings

  • Note that this solves recurring incoming email time problems. If email from only one particular sender has the incorrect time though, the problem is on their end and there is nothing you can do.

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