Time Zone ninniness in Outlook

Dear Lazyweb,

I recently moved from the Eastern time zone to the Pacific time zone. All of my reoccurring events (i.e. birthdays and anniversaries) in Outlook shifted from being “all day events” to occuring three hours sooner… 9pm the day before until 9pm the day of the event. I rummaged around on Microsoft.com but the best I could find was that Bill told me to either move to another time zone, just get used to it, or manually fix all of the events. I went ahead and manually fixed all of the events… it took about an hour and a half and now my eyes hurt. :-(

For future reference, is there a better way to do this?


  1. Brian Kronberg says:

    1. Export all calendar items to a CSV file
    2. Change time zone
    3. Delete all calendar items
    4. Import all calendar items from CSV.

    Outlook stores the date in UTC format and then adjusts for the time zone. This procedure will allow all calendar events to be recreated in your new time zone to eliminate this ‘feature’.

  2. Lee says:

    Excellent. Thank you very much! The two Microsoft Knowledgebase articles I found, ID# 197850 and this one were far less helpful than you. I haven’t tried this yet but I may need it if I move back to the east coast.

    Thanks again.

  3. Bob says:

    Good information, however, please note the fine print in the MS articles stating that recurring appointments (anniversaries, birthdates, backups, etc) ARE CONVERTED to discrete appointments and LOSE the recurring attribute. For several hundred recurring appointments, this could be a huge manual task to go back and redo.

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