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Time Zone settings for Office 365 groups

Users and administrators should be able to change the TimeZone settings in Groups.
if a new file is added it is always in PST Time Zone which makes no sense at all.

You can work around this by appending this to the group URL: /_layouts/15/regionalsetng.aspx?noredirect=true

And if you browse to the site you have to request access as access is denied even though you are the owner and creator of the group.
This also doesn't make any sense.

If you're in the first release you can see the "Site Settings" when clicking the Gear Icon but you are always redirected to the Group again.
Atleast append this to the links: ?noredirect=true

Also, time zone settings should be in the Group Creation wizard so users can choose it while creating the group.

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  • Mathew Smethurst-Evans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think you have to be an admin and/or the owner of a group. others may confirm this.
    I think you also have to be in First Release, or Targeted Release ??

    In SharePoint, click...

    gear icon (top right), Site information, view all site settings, Regional Settings

    or can you just add this to the end of a site URL ??:


  • Bob Sievert, CIO NASPO commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Have significant issue with the default of Pacific Time for the timezone when using Office 365 Groups with our organization. We have staff across the country and our official timezone corporately is Eastern. So having a value of Pacific time is problematic and the fact that we cannot either set the timezone when creating the Group or change it after the fact creates significant confusion for our staff. Need a way to let the Admin of our account change the timezone.

  • Ben Fry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a show stopper and will mean moving our business off Office 365. I have spent 60-80 hours on a shared spreedsheet with dashboards and multiple date field to be continually broken by US regional date settings.

    I give up and will move the business to Google Apps now.

    Unbelievable that such a critical feature does not work in Office online.

  • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on this ? Why is there silence over such a fundamental flaw ?

  • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Considering it?? How can Microsoft still be making mistakes like this in a global economy?
    I can't believe MS can release features with no localisation built in to them in this day and age.

  • Edwin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Still the same issue - cannot change format to CAT - ...try again late....

  • Mathew Smethurst-Evans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Having to manually adjust every Group that is created to the correct time zone / region is a real pain. i like the idea of choosing when the group is created. but please have an adjustable default. we don't all live/work in America!!

  • Magnus G commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think You should be able to configure Regional Settings/Time Zone Settings in Office 365 Admin Center and, in addition, when it comes to global organisations, you should be able to override this in the Group Creation Wizard (and when You create a Team) so that "local" groups and teams in other countries can have their correct regional/time zone settings.
    I recommend that You put this on the Roadmap so that we can inform our customers of when this problem is beeing solved.

  • TG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is still not in Roadmap, yet the group inactive option is there in development. I think what's more pressing is groups that works, not the ones that have been abandoned.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there any indication on when this bug is going to be fixed? Has there been any developments on this issue?

  • Klaus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    please implement a way to set a template/default settings for Time Zone / Work hours etc, to ensure that every new Group has the correct default settings for customer needs.

  • Robert Chambers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Come on Microsoft, Groups have been out for ages now... This is absolutely pathetic and lazy. Not everyone lives and works in the US. This is supposed to be a "Global" product, for a bunch of smart people, you don't really have much common sense...

  • Rob Gort commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Very disappointed about this... US is really not the center of the universe... :)

  • Timothy Merridew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also along with setting the timezone you need to be able to set the regional settings, so that excel documents know what date format to use, and when looking at dates they are based on the users regional settings.

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