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.
Having a contact list views sorted by categories, similar to outlook for windows, would be very much appreciated.
Adam Kennard commented
I am not sure why this was removed. Could you add a option to have or not.
The removal of ability to toggle viewing of events by category is nearly unbelievable from a usability standpoint. Why hobble your own product? Support even explained this is an "intended" design change in order to make it more consistent with Windows.
Like many others my daily calendar is full, often double and triple booked. Being able to hide a category to drilld own on what is important was a CRITICAL piece of my calendar workflow. Removing it makes absolutely no sense at all.
Don't understand why such a fundamental feature was removed. What's the point in having categories if you can't filter them? It's clearly been removed to solve another problem when creating dark mode, please bring it back.
Svend Andreas Horgen commented
This is a bug. Please fix this. Why is it a bug? Because in the settings for categories, there is a checkbox for "Show in navigation pane". Before the last update, this worked. Now it doesn´t work. Hence, Microsoft did some changes (propably when working on dark mode) that introduced a bug in showing the categories in the pane.
If they really wanted to remove the categories feature, they would have done so throughout the system. If they wanted to make it hard to filter calendar information based on the users categorisation, they should have removed the aforementioned checkboxes (in the categories settings). Since they did neither, I am certain that the reason we don´t find the categories nested below the calendar in the navigation pane, is because this is a bug.
I only hope that Microsoft have been informed on this bug, and plan on fixing it soon.
Amy Vogelaar commented
This is how I organized people registered for various classes that I teach. I am completely crippled by this change. Help!
Simply put, why assign categories if you cannot include/exclude those categories from view in the calendar? We don't need a fancy way to add color to calendar items.
MS Support told me to create a smart folder in the calendar, including or excluding the necessary categories. This works, partially - you get a list of calendar items, but I can't seem to make them show in grid view. Grid view is what makes the calendar a calendar.
Please bring back the ability to filter by category. Until then, my calendar is a big jumbled mess colorful blocks.
🤦♂️ I really don't understand why this feature was removed. please strongly consider bring this back. I would also *strongly* recommend that your team take a closer look at your team's over all design thinking process.
Arnd Schöttler commented
Bitte unbedingt den Ausdruck nach Kategorien gefiltert wieder möglich machen!!!!
Thomas Stops commented
Ich möchte auch die Kategorien wieder haben in den Kontakten!!!
James Mueller commented
I am very much in support of this. I have always used categories to help me hide clutter that I still want access to, like time-off notifications. It's a shame that there now seems to be no way to filter my calendar AT ALL, as "folders" can only contain meetings I have created.
I also don't understand the decision-making process behind this. Online support told me the change was made to "make the Mac Outlook feel more like the Windows Outlook," but that seems like a ludicrous reason to remove a functionality without replacing it. Wouldn't it make more sense to add this valuable functionality to the Windows version?
Jansick, Matthew C commented
Once I've categorized and color coded my calendar, it is so valuable to be able to hid certain categories easily.
It was't a huge eye sore considering you could hide/show the categories.
The ability to filter the Calendar grid view to show/hide events based on their Category was a very powerful feature which has been removed in the latest major version of Outlook for Mac. As far as I can tell, there is now no way to filter the events which show up in the Calendar grid view.
Please bring this ability back. It is a great feature and the calendar is lacking without it.
Thomas Diezl commented
Bring back the categories in outlook contact in the left hand nav.
Why did you suppress the category window ?
I can no longer select my contacts by category. I am told this is done to make the Mac version like the Windows one. But who cares ?
Would a car manufacturer suppress things in the car of each buyer ???
Please, your users are not all aged 15 to 35. We are many professionals who need consistency with their software, even in their graphic design.
This is not an upgrade. It's a downgrade.
You make me loose precious time for nothing.
this will be reported in UFC-Que choisir, the media that reaches out to all French consumers. I guess it's the only way (if any…) for you to take our issues in consideration.
In the newest version of Outlook for MAc I have lost the ability to filter my calendar based on categories. I can see the categories and can even create new calendar items and assign them to a category, but I can VIEW a specific category/color. Why?? Am I missing a setting? I manage a team calendar and events are assigned to a specific person and I use the color/categories for each person. Before I could filter and select to see only the color(s) I wanted a time. I can't even begin to understand why this feature would be removed. Please tell me I am missing something and I CAN actual filter the calendar!
I had a system of email rules to auto-categorize my event invites on my calendar so that I could filter them by type in/out of my calendar view. With the recent upgrade this option has been removed neutralizing my super organized system and making my calendar a jumbled mess of things I need to attend and others that I just need visibility to. I should now have to create a completely separate account within my work org to do something so simple, please bring this option back!
Jason Moore commented
Category in the navigation pane on the left have been removed in latest update. Please put it back. When you go in to "Edit Category" there is a box you can check to include in Navigation Pane, but it does not work! I've spoken with your engineers and they are not sure why Categories were removed from navigation pane :-(. Please fix ASAP