MS Outlook comes with a lot of customization features and options, which might be slightly confusing for the average users to figure out. But, you can visit the Microsoft support website or contact any third party service provider in the event of Outlook problems and get the necessary assistance. Some of the minor problems you can fix yourself easily, if you just know how to go about it.
Setting up a custom holiday list in Outlook calendar
For example, some Outlook users are not satisfied with the standard holidays marked in the Outlook Calendar as default. In fact, there is an option for changing the Country setting for the holidays marked in the calendar. In most cases, this will be set to United States, showing US holidays.
To change this, go to Tools > Options. There, under the Preferences tab, click on Calendar Options. In the Calendar options window, click on the Add Holidays button and select the country of your choice from the list that appears. This should fix such Outlook problems in most cases. However, if you were looking to create a customized list of holidays for your Outlook Calendar, you can easily do that. Just proceed as follows.
The Outlook Calendar Holiday file, Outlook.hol, is located in the following folder – ‘C: \Program Files\ Microsoft Office\ Office12\ 1033′. It will be best to just search for ‘outlook.hol’ using the Search function in the Start Menu. Create and store a copy of this file somewhere else in the system. You might need it to use this in case you make some errors while modifying the Outlook Holiday file.
Now, open the Outlook Holiday file stored in Outlook folder in the Notepad application by right-clicking on the file and selecting the option Open With. Go to the end of this text file by pressing the key combination Ctrl + End. There, enter the holiday heading in brackets followed by a space and the number of years you want it to appear in the calendar.
For example, [My Wife's Birthdays] 3 means that this event will be marked in the calendar for the next three years. Under this heading, you need to now enter three entries for this holiday with the event name followed by a comma, then, space and the date in the yyyy/mm/dd format. For example, Wife’s Birthday, 2015/05/27. Make three entries for each year one below the other and save the file.
Now, use the Add Holidays option in Outlook mentioned above, select the option My Wife’s Birthdays from the list and save these changes. That’s it! You have added a customized list of holidays to Outlook Calendar.
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