Customizing The View Of Outlooks Calendar

Q. I like to use Microsoft Outlook’s calendar feature, but I wish it was a bit more customizable. The toolbar gives me only three calendar views: a full month, a week or a single day. Unfortunately, because the date boxes are so small, the full-month view doesn’t let me see all of my daily appointments. And the week view, which is better, sometimes won’t let me see combinations of days that cross between two weeks, say, such as from Friday to Tuesday. Is there a way to customize which days appear on-screen ?

A. Yes, there is. It’s an unpublished feature of Outlook, and it’s really neat. Here’s how to customize the view to a wide assortment of days: Go to the first day you want to view and then click Alt + the number of days beyond that first day you want to see. So if you want to view four days, say, press Alt+4 (see exhibit 3, below). The shortcut can provide you with a maximum of 10 days. To view 10 days, press Alt+0 (note it’s 0, not 10; the feature can only handle single digits) .

Exhibit 3

Outlook’s calendar can be customized to display a full view of as many as 10 days.


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