Tip of the week # 517
15 July 2017

Change the colour of public holidays in your calendar (Microsoft Outlook) *

Back in January 2016 I told you how to add public holidays to your Outlook calendar. By default they are displayed in white, but the colour can be changed by applying any of the available category colours, making them easier to spot between work stuff.

Here's how:

  1. Double-click on one of the holiday entries in your Calendar. (For example, press CTRL + G and type 28/8 to jump to our next Bank Holiday Monday.)
  2. Click on Categorize, followed by All Categories.
  3. Click on Holiday (not in Master Category List) and click on New.
  4. Select a colour of your choice and press ENTER or click OK twice.

If you work closely with offices in other countries you might want to add and colour-code those as well. By assigning colours you can quickly see

Speaking of holidays ... with summer in full swing and a break on the horizon why not have another look at the five tips to prevent email overload upon your return from holiday; see tip_489.php.

Related tips:

Tip # 417: Add holidays to your calendar (tip_471.php)
Tip # 489: 5 tips to prevent email overload upon your return from holiday (tip_489.php)

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.