i am totally perplexed by the various documentation on time zone support and i would /simply/ like to walk through an example where i want to be able to enter a flight /out/ of Austin at 10:00 AM tomorrow (CST) and to enter a flight /back/ from Boston at 10:00 PM on Sunday (EST).
does anyone know if i can do this by SIMPLY entering 10:00 AM for tomorrow and 10:00 PM for sunday on the ACTUAL DAYS at the ACTUAL TIMES while i am sitting here on my laptop so that there won't be some muckabout when i expect to get an alert from my iPhone a HALF HOUR IN ADVANCE of my flight out of Boston?
are there settings that i need to check in iCloud to get this to happen? in iCal preferences on my MacBookPro? in iCal preferences on my Mac Pro? do i do one, two or all three? OTOH (i mean does this work differently on my laptop than on my iPhone or can it work the same if i check the right settings??!!). i mean, if i open my laptop while i am on the road do i have to change something to get things to read correctly or is there a way to get it to work correctly - like show me the actual times of the outgoing flight at the correct time and giving me a half hour advance alert at the actual Eastern Standard Time while i am in Boston! - without adjusting anything?
here is the documentation that seems to pertain but i am not following this and the last time i did it it got all screwed up with unhappy consequences.
iCloud: Change your calendar’s time zone
The default time zone for your calendars (and their events) is the time zone you set when you set up your iCloud account. However, by turning on time zone support, you can create events and view calendars in time zones other than your default time zone. If you’re in the Pacific time zone (Pacific daylight time), but you wish to create or view events for the eastern time zone (eastern standard time), time zone support lets you do so.
If time zone support is on, your calendar doesn’t update if you move between time zones. For example, if you have a meeting at 10 a.m. Pacific time in California, and you fly to New York, that meeting still appears at 10 a.m. in iCloud Calendar.
If time zone support is off, your calendar moves as you move; that is, the time zone settings update as you change time zones. For example, if you have a meeting at 10 a.m. Pacific time in California and fly to New York, your calendar items are shown in local (eastern) time. So your meeting at 10 a.m. Pacific time shows up at 1 p.m. eastern time.
Note: If you turned on iCloud Calendar on your devices, changes you make to the time zone for an event appear on every device. However, time zone support needs to be turned on individually for each device. Therefore, if your computer and iPhone, for example, don’t have the same time zone support setting, the events may show up at different times on these devices.
Use a time zone other than the default time zone
- In iCloud Calendar, choose Preferences from the Action pop-up menu at the top of the window.
- Click Advanced, select the “Enable time zone support” checkbox, then click Save.
With time zone support on, a “time zone” pop-up menu appears when you create an event, letting you set any time zone you want.
You can also reset the default time zone for your calendars (and their events) at any time.
Change an event’s time zone
You can change any event’s time zone. For example, if you’re traveling to another time zone for an event, you could change its time zone in Calendar.
- In Calendar, choose Calendar > Preferences, click Advanced, and then select the “Turn on time zone support” checkbox.
- Double-click the event and click Edit.
- Choose a time zone from the Time Zone pop-up menu.
To pick a location that isn’t listed, choose Other. Click the time zone’s approximate location on the map, and then choose a city from the pop-up menu.
The time zone you set for an event affects where it appears on the calendar. For example, if you create an event at noon and set its time zone to France Time, but you have the Calendar time zone (in the top-right corner of the Calendar window) set to Pacific Time, the event appears 9 hours before noon. When you change the Calendar time zone to France Time, the event then appears at noon.
View all your events in a different time zone
By default, Calendar events are displayed in your computer’s current time zone (set in Date & Time preferences). However, you can choose to view all your events in a different time zone. For example, you might want to change the Calendar time zone if you’re traveling to a different time zone and want to see your events shifted to the new time.
- In Calendar, choose Calendar > Preferences, and then click Advanced.
- Select “Turn on time zone support.”
A time zone pop-up menu appears in the top-right corner of Calendar.
- Choose a time zone from the time zone pop-up menu.
If you don’t see the time zone you want, choose Other, and then click the map near the location. Choose the city nearest you from the pop-up menu below the map.
All events in Calendar are moved to the correct dates and times for the time zone. To see all your events shifted back to their original dates and times, choose the original time zone from the pop-up menu.
If you create any new events, the events take the time zone you set in Calendar. If you switch the time zone back to the time zone on your Mac, the events created in the shifted time zone retain the shifted time zone setting.