Please bring back the categories feature in Outlook for Mac.
It difficult to filter out the information while on the Calendar, Notes, Task or Contacts.
At least give the option to filter by Category on list view and collapse group like in Windows Outlook.
Please bring back this feature - it is much needed in a complex project portfolio environment.
Hiding categories in calendars was huge for me. Please bring it back!
Susanne Bohl commented
I just upgraded to the latest Outlook for Mac and find the lack of showing/hiding categories a BIG problem.
When will this feature be back? It is a *critical* feature for anyone needing to do some serious contact management.
Meanwhile, please advise how to run Advanced search with "OR" criteria.
E.g. Category is Blue Or Green? I have not been able to figure out how to do this, yet.
This can be a workaround until the Categories are back in the show/hide navigation pane.
is there a workaround?
I'm grateful to find this thread and learn that at least I'm not going crazy. It is difficult to understand the rationale to remove such a key feature. I am going to figure out how to downgrade and prevent upgrades in the meantime, since I am creating a workflow that is highly-dependent on the ability to filter any Outlook item by category.
I agree, this was a huge time saver. Please bring back the categories in the navigation pane or allow filtering of tasks and contacts based on category.
david spanton commented
i hate the new updates! i can no longer find a way to send an email to any of my categories....no idea about these "smart folders" but it seems too smart for me. ALSO no longer can you edit the contact via just touching the email address. you now have to go out of emails and under contacts and open them up that way.... this is just adding more steps and time. I feel you don't want people to buy this program anymore?
sandy ngai commented
REALLY need the function to toggle categories in the calendar view. Previous version had it & it was perfect. Now my calendar is packed with ppl's OOO invites & cannot see the important daily tasks.
Current version: outlook 365
Jackie Frey commented
This is a essential feature to work. Be reasonable, please bring it back!
Sandra Anderson commented
Yes, this is a very useful feature. Without it, the categories are not as useful since they only provide you the color variations. I often want to hide certain categories especially if I am sharing my calendar externally since I do not want all tasks, personal events, etc. shown on my screen. Bring this feature BACK NOW!
Daniel O'Donnell commented
Cannot do GTD without categories. Setting up categories according to GTD in Windows Outlook is useful.
Mischa QUINTON commented
I've recently switched from a PC to a MAC, and I'm finding the Office for MAC very limited in comparison. Why is the functionality not identical?
As someone who has her entire team's calendar on her work calendar, I need this feature back, badly. Please bring it back!
I just upgraded and missing this feature badly
Microsoft what is the update here?
I don't understand why you removed the categories from the navigation pane. It was a very useful feature to select all contacts just in that category. Please bring it back!!!
Murat Dincer commented
categories in navigation pane in outlook for mac is essential for my work
please bring back it for outlook 2019 for mac
Ginny Marsh commented
It was so much easier when I could filter what categories showed in my calendar - so I could separate business and personal.
Now if I'm showing a client my availability, they can also see my personal bookings which is not good!
Please bring this function back! Many thanks.
Joel Parker commented
I use GTD in Tasks, and so need the ability to show/hide certain categories to tailor my view.
Tiffany Foster commented
We absolutely must have the ability to filter calendar categories, this is a non-negotiable. Otherwise, what's the point of the categories to being with?! Not to mention, when you have so many calendar invites and appointments - you need to be able to filter in order to make sure you're aware of your day!