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Date Format Incorrect in Email Task Alerts

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Users can create alerts and receive emails when an item, for example, is added to a list. This is often used to send alerts when new tasks have been added for a user.

You may find that the date format for the email message is incorrect and does not follow the regional settings for your site. For example, on a server configured for “UK” regional settings the date format may use the US format:


To correct this you need to change the default (system) locale of the Windows 2003 server.  You can check the current locale by running MSInfo.Exe located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo.

Note that this will change the date format for all emails sent to users by SharePoint and may upset our American friends and this may impact other services!

To do this follow these instructions (a server restart will be required and you may need the Windows 2003 CD to complete the change):

  • Run the Control Panel
  • Select Regional and Language Options
  • Select the Advanced tab


  • Select “English (United Kingdom)” or your own particular locale for Language for non-Unicode programs.
  • Click OK.
  • Set the Regional Settings for the SharePoint site to UK.

Your alert messages should now display with the correct date format:


Written by Nick Grattan

January 24, 2008 at 1:50 pm