Allow users to disable default charms in calendar events
I use only the browser version of the calendar on outlook.com. I hate the charm icons that automatically appear next to appointments and events that I create or edit in my browser calendar.
For example, a cake charm automatically appears when the event contains the word "birthday", or a knife and fork charm automatically appears when the event contains the word "lunch". These charms add visual clutter and take up valuable space. I find them silly, useless, often irrelevant to my event, and a nuisance. By making the charms a "default" feature, Microsoft assumes all users need or want such decorations in a business tool.
I often don't notice these charms until I've saved the event and it's on my calendar. Then I'm forced to reopen the event for editing to remove the undesired charm. I prefer a minimalist look to my calendar entries, and I resent the program's automatically adding these charms to my entries. It is very frustrating and a waste of time to constantly have to reopen and edit events to remove unwanted charms. The default should be NO automatic charms, and users should be allowed to add charms on their own, as desired.
If the "charm default" cannot be removed altogether, please allow users to DISABLE this default at will.
I disagree. I share my calendar with my girlfriend and using charms (as well as categories) I am able to quickly differentiate hobby-related commitments from work-related appointments and other events. I use the same kinds of charms for related appointments. In my business calendar I actually keep my business meetings; in Outlook there is just a placeholder for 'Office' so my girlfriend knows I'm away.
Yeah these are rubbish - what value are they supposed to add for the user? Is just a distraction, which therefore demands extra time to remove. (I also can't see *how* to remove them, at least on Outlook Web.
Brian Borowski commented
I agree. This charm thing on Outlook calendar is ridiculous and there should be an option to turn it off.
I am a business professional and do not appreciate the childish 'charms' the Microsoft adds to calendar events - please have make these tools suitable for adults!
We hate these.
110% agree. Give me control, I know what I'm doing. If I didn't I'd be using a MAC.