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How to Change the Timestamp on Your Emails: A Comprehensive Guide


The timestamp on your emails serves as a crucial element for streamlined communication and organization. Knowing when emails are sent or received helps in various contexts, be it professional correspondence or personal exchanges. Despite its importance, there might be occasions when you need to modify this timestamp—perhaps due to changes in time zones or the switch to and from daylight saving time. This article provides a thorough guide on altering your email timestamp across multiple platforms, including cPanel and DirectAdmin control panels, and popular email clients such as Gmail and Outlook.

Adjusting Timestamp in cPanel

Step 1: Login to cPanel

Firstly, login to your cPanel account with your credentials.

Step 2: Navigate to 'Email Accounts'

Once logged in, proceed to the 'Email' section and click on the 'Email Accounts' option.

Step 3: Access Webmail

Find the specific email account you wish to modify and click on either 'Check Email' or 'Access Webmail' to enter the webmail interface.

Step 4: Select Webmail Client

cPanel offers an array of webmail clients such as Horde, Roundcube, and SquirrelMail. Choose the one you are most comfortable with.

Step 5: Update Time Zone Settings

Locate the settings within your chosen webmail client and find the option for time zone settings, usually found under 'Preferences,' 'Options,' or 'Settings.'

Step 6: Modify and Save Time Zone

Choose your desired time zone from the drop-down menu or list provided. Save your changes to apply them.

Changing Timestamp in DirectAdmin

Note: The steps are similar to cPanel, but there are subtle differences in the DirectAdmin interface.

Step 1: Login to DirectAdmin

Access your DirectAdmin dashboard by logging in with your username and password.

Step 2: Navigate to 'Email Accounts'

In the dashboard, go to the 'Email Management' section and click on the 'Email Accounts' icon.

Step 3-6: Follow Similar Steps as cPanel

From here on, the steps are nearly identical to those in cPanel—access webmail, choose your client, locate time settings, change, and save.

Customizing Timestamp in Email Clients

Step 1: Access Settings

Access the settings or options panel in your chosen email client. The approach differs slightly among providers.

  • Gmail: Gear icon → 'See all settings'
  • Yahoo: Gear icon → 'More Settings'
  • Gear icon → 'View all Outlook settings'
  • Microsoft Outlook (Desktop): 'File' → 'Options'
  • Mozilla Thunderbird: Menu button → 'Options'

Step 2: Find Time Zone Settings

After you’re in the settings, hunt for the time zone options. These could be nested under different categories such as 'General,' 'Calendar,' or 'Account.'

Step 3: Change Time Zone

Once found, modify your time zone. Save your settings.

Step 4: Confirm Changes

To be sure your changes have taken effect, send a test email. Check the timestamp to confirm it aligns with your new settings.


Adjusting the email timestamp is a rather straightforward task, whether you’re using a control panel like cPanel or DirectAdmin or an email client like Gmail or Outlook. This guide aims to simplify the process across different platforms, ensuring you can easily communicate with the correct time stamp on your emails.

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