Categories do not appear correctly when column is moved
in outlook when we affect a category to mail a square of the category's color normally appears in the "category" column.
But in Outlook 2016, according to the place where you have placed the column "category", the colored square appears or not :
- If the column is placed to the right, the colored square appears.
- If the column is placed to the left (what I want) the colored square is not displayed. Only the text. This unpractical for all previewed different categories.
It's a bug and I've reported it as such to the Outlook Team. Thanks!
A current workaround would be to format the Reminder column to "On/Off";
View-> View Settings-> Format Columns...-> Reminder-> Format: On/Off
Make sure that this column is listed before the Categories column. This actually works with any other non-icon formatted column in front of the Categories column.
a partial fix is to move category column where you want it on LEFT of FROM for example then change format of one of the icon columns to its left to either ON/OFF or YES/NO format. stupid fix but its will trick the Category column to showing up as a box. HAHA but now you have a new problem...
This happens specifically if no text columns appear to the left of the category column. If any of the columns to the left of the category column have text instead of icons, you see the color in the category column but if they are all set to show icons (importance, reminder, attachment,...) the color will not appear, only the text. This makes it particularly less useful.
Sesco Saegusa commented
when 4 columns are opened 2nd column is the lest important as to information, it should be able to reduce its size but the default is too large, which make the message column unable to expand.