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Outlook 2013 Calendar lacks color options for months and "Today"?

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  • Am I missing settings in Outlook 2013 that would allow me to color months different/alternating colors and brightly highlight "Today", specifically in the Month view for the calendar?  I see I can change the color of the overall calendar, but that does nothing to address my problems.  

    Background: The month view for the calendar in Outlook 2010 was wonderfully glance-able. The current month had one color background, and the bordering months had a different color, allowing you to easily see the months.  Also, "Today" was brightly highlighted in light yellow, making it easy to discern which day on the calendar was the current day.  As far as I can see in Outlook 2013, these are both now missing.  Months are all the same color, making it hard to scroll through and keep any sense of what's being presented visually.  Today is denoted by a tiny blue bar that blends into all the blue bars of uncategorized appointments, again making it much harder to find than it should be.  If there is no option to change the highlighting, Outlook has taken a huge step back in usability in my eyes.


    Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:13 PM

Answers

  • Thank you for your feedback. As an end-user, I do understand the situation that you meet. Yes, we have no options to change the view as your request in Outlook 2013 at present, the color of the calender is very similar. "Today" is not obviously. Somebody like it but other doen't. Hope we would get a optional which allows user to customize interface in next service pack.

    Again. Thank you for your attention.

    Tony Chen
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, February 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    Moderator

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  • Thank you for your feedback. As an end-user, I do understand the situation that you meet. Yes, we have no options to change the view as your request in Outlook 2013 at present, the color of the calender is very similar. "Today" is not obviously. Somebody like it but other doen't. Hope we would get a optional which allows user to customize interface in next service pack.

    Again. Thank you for your attention.

    Tony Chen
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, February 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    Moderator
  • I found a good way of highlighting today's appointments in weekly and monthly view using conditional formatting:

    . go to Edit - Automatic Formatting
    . click Add
    . in the Name field enter "Today"
    . in the Label field choose a color
    . click on Condition...
    . on Appointments and Meetings tab where it says Time:
    . choose "starts"
    . choose "today"
    . click OK
    . click OK

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:45 AM
  • I found a good way of highlighting today's appointments in weekly and monthly view using conditional formatting:

    . go to Edit - Automatic Formatting
    . click Add
    . in the Name field enter "Today"
    . in the Label field choose a color
    . click on Condition...
    . on Appointments and Meetings tab where it says Time:
    . choose "starts"
    . choose "today"
    . click OK
    . click OK

    While not ideal, that sounds like a decent hack to highlight today, provided I have an appointment.

    However, in trying to put into practice, it's picking up all of my reoccurring appointments that are set to reoccur with no end by date, and it's not picking up the reoccurring appointments that have a defined end by date that it should be getting highlighted (as they occur today).  

    Even using the advanced filter to require the "Start" be "today" and the "End" be "today" it still highlights the same wrong appointments.  And unless I'm misunderstanding the logic, the "Recurrence Range End" field flag appears to be broken, as I _still_ get  the same behavior by setting the condition to "exists" (apparently a setting of "No End Date" puts some sort of data into the field).

    Friday, August 02, 2013 3:47 PM
  • It would be nice to get those settings in the next service pack, here it is November 2013 and still we cannot change it.  I use the month view exclusively and it is most confusing compared to 2010.  Another vote to add this. 

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:45 PM
  • I fully agree - it is unexplainable why the developers of Outlook can not focus on the elementary things!

    The look and feel is not good - neither for Tablet nor for Desktop.

    At least on Desktop you need clear bordered elements (by contrast/colours) between the different elements (inbox/mails/preview....).

    At calendar (month view) there are 2 really annoying things:

    1. the mentied lack of Highlight the "today" day

    2. the small arrow at each day when you have more appointments thatn available lines (10). Why not shrinking the font size at this days? I always forget later appointments because I miss to click on this arrow!

    You should also think about to implemnt a zoom-in (from the month view) to a single week by clicking on the top of a day...

    best

    jh

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:50 AM
  • Absolutely, but this note is way too polite.  Doesn't anyone at Microsoft understand how real people do real work?
    Friday, January 24, 2014 3:15 PM
  • I came here looking for the same answer about the shaded prior and following months. I sat there, scrolling through the calendar trying to figure out why it was awful compared to Outlook 2010 but I couldn't put my finger on it. I had the same problem noticing that I couldn't pinpoint a day when scrolling through. For example, I want to scroll down and find July 4th, but I can't just "LOOK" at the calendar and see that day anymore because there is no distinction whatsoever between the prior and following months - there is no demarcation. 

    I couldn't figure out why it was bad until I went to a lucky co-worker's desk that still had Outlook 2010. As soon as he went to the month view, I saw it immediately. 

    Microsoft - PLEASE (pretty please) give us this back.

    Friday, January 31, 2014 9:31 PM
  • Yes this is crazy to me..I am getting clients requesting me to downgrade them to Office 2010 quite frequently. Why can't 2013 have something similar to "Classic mode" ?
    Friday, February 21, 2014 8:50 PM
  • I would also like the option to turn off Sunday/Saturday in my month view because i do not typically need these during my everyday usage.  its just extra white space on my screen.
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5:30 PM
  • Tony,

    You say some people like that the entire calendar blends together due to nothing distinguishing different months and the current day. I am calling you out on that. I say you are repeating what you are told to because it is a known problem. Nobody likes it this way (you know that) and it was a major blunder on Microsoft to put it out that way.

    We need a way to overcome the deficiency. Can you tell us when a service pack or patch will be available?

    You noted "Marked as Answered." You should have noted “Marked as blown off.”

    Friday, March 28, 2014 3:06 PM
  • Has anyone seen any update on whether a Service Pack will fix the issues with the color in the calendar? The big problem is scrolling through the calendar to find a specific day. When you scroll down, the heading at the top might say "August 2014", but the last few days of July are indeed listed there in Week 1. I'm confused all get out with this new calendar format.
    Monday, April 07, 2014 8:38 PM