After running a dpm($form) via hook_form_FORM_ID_alter I couldn't see the 'Local settings' in the form defintion of the user profile form. I did a search for 'locale settings' on all the code and found the value I need to alter (I think) on line 2016 of system.module. So I tried:

function MY_MODULE_form_user_profile_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  $form['timezone']['#collapsible'] == FALSE;

Cleared the cache. Fieldset is still collapsible?

  • Which version of drupal are you using?
    – Matt
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:29
  • I'm using Drupal 7. The error thrown is: Undefined index: timezone. I don't know what to alter. system.module alters the form on line 1967.
    – dbj44
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:41

2 Answers 2


Found it! The point is that your hook_form_alter is called before system_form_alter, so you don't see the timezone. You need to reorder the implementation of hooks with hook_module_implements_alter

Here is the full code:

function CUSTOM_MODULE_module_implements_alter(&$implementations, $hook) {
  if ($hook == 'form_alter') {
    $group = $implementations['CUSTOM_MODULE'];
    $implementations['CUSTOM_MODULE'] = $group;

function CUSTOM_MODULE_form_user_profile_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {
  $form['timezone']['#collapsible'] = FALSE;

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I know this doesn't precisely answer the question, but I just used this by itself in my theme's template.php with no problem:

function MY_THEME_form_user_profile_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {
  $form['timezone']['#collapsible'] = FALSE;

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