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I need to make selecting a time zone easy within this google spreadsheet >> https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApGg6c9aeywQdGZ5VzcxZHljZkJjQmJ5Y2hJMFgzYUE&hl=en

Assistance is greatly appreciated.
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by:Curt Lindstrom
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Something like this maybe?

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Timezone.xlsx
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Here is a 2003 version in case you use 2003

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Thanks!  That would be absolutely perfect!
I need to share it out though so that was the reason for the google docs version :(
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You can use the same methods in your google docs version.
What I'm using is Data Validation which you find under "Tools". Use Criteria list and select the range with all the values.. I just did it a small list on your google doc to start you off.
I'm just not sure how you're going to use it since the timezones really need to be in relation to GMT. If that's the case you may need some adjustments to your table.

Cheers,
Curt
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UTC offsets are just fine.  Can you replicate it in the google docs version?  It is publicly.  I greatly appreciate your assistance.
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This version will demonstrate what I mean by adjustments. In column C I have entered -10/24 which will work well for me being in the +10 Timezone. I can now enter different timezones on all rows and see the correct time in each Timezone.

If all entries were done in your timezone which appears to be -5 you would have to have an adjustment of +5/24 in column C to see the correct time in each timezone.

Cheers,
Curt
Timezone-2.xls
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Looks great.  I see you did it in the online version.  That's good stuff.  Perferably, I could have the stored values if they have to be there in another tab.  Since I will share the sheet in editable mode, I want to protect what I can of it.  Also, would be nice to have two (2) columns.  One with a 24hr clock and one with 8hr clock.  Thank you very much for helping me.  I can put that in a new question if needed.
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I managed to store the values in another tab (Sheet3). I tried twice with sheet2 and failed that's why it ended up being sheet3. Regarding the 8 hr and 24 hr clock, easy to do in my excel but being ignorant in using google docs I can't find how to change the date formats in the online version.

I'm still not sure what time you want to see when you enter the timezone. Say you enter -5, if that is your actual timezone, do you want to see your time? If you enter +10, do you want to see the time as your time +15? If you want to see it like that I should add the +5/24 to column C.

See attached file to see how it could be done.

Then of course you have all the different daylight saving around the world to consider!

Cheers,
Curt
Timezone-3.xls
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Looks darn good to me in Excel.  The date I am not too crazy about in it's current format.  Probably clutters it up a bit at least for this column.  We know that the date is going to change depending on the time zone which would be important in a chat conversation.  Might be worth adding down the road to but for the purpose of this particular project, I am looking to represent just the time in 24hr and 12hr formats.  I made a mistake by saying 8hr.  I'm playing in the online copy and having all kinds of trouble.  If you wouldn't mind putting it there, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Great stuff!  Follow-up on the way?
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