Make 'today' stand out more in the calendar
I don't like the way 'today' is highlighted in the calendar in Outlook Outlook 2016: a thin line at the top of the day, in the same color as the calendar. It's hard to see and blends in with appointments that are not categorized.
Add an option to overlay color on the today's column of today's events.
Or when clicking on the calendar, it would be nice if TODAY was at the top of month view, not the bottom. I want to see the next coming days of schedules, not the past without having to scroll every time.
Thank you for providing a clear signal that we should improve how we highlight “Today” on the calendar.
We are planning to make this update in Outlook for Office 365 subscribers. We will post a subsequent status update when this is available for you to use in Outlook.
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Shannon Braswell commented
In the To Do Bar have the meeting(s) for Today show in a different color than meetings on future days. They could be blue like unread emails. Any meetings on future days would remain black. This would make meetings scheduled for that day more prominent. It would also prevent a user who has no meetings that day see the word Tomorrow and misread it as Today due to a cursory glance.
David Pimentel commented
This should be a resurrected feature for all of the Outlook products.
Emily Weiser commented
Until or unless Microsoft ever implements a solution for this, THANK YOU to Michael Rahn below for providing a hack to mark "today" (even for those of us who already use multiple colors and thus can't implement the other color-coding hack that is often mentioned). It's absurd that it should be so complicated for each user to implement this essential functionality.
If anyone tries Michael's hack, his instructions are easy to follow even for me (new to Outlook and SQL) but note some of the SQL code formatting got mangled when his comment was posted. " will need to be changed to a double quote symbol in a couple of places for the code to work.
I use weekly view so I made two events according to his instructions - one at the beginning and one at the end of each day - so one of those will always be visible on my screen. Thanks, Michael!
Emily Weiser commented
"Working on it" over a year ago (after years and years of requests from users)? This is an essential and basic part of any calendar app. When will it be implemented?
There is a way to do this. This will turn all events a specific new color on today that do not already have an assigned color.
Go to View
Select View Settings
Select Conditional Formatting
Make a new rule. Call it Today.
Select a color - something you want that will stand out
On Advanced tab, use Field pull down to select Start, and select 'Today' for its condition
On same Advanced tab, use Field pull down to select Recurrence Pattern, and select 'is empty' for its condition
Microsoft is one of the largest software companies in the world. But while Google is demonstrating an artificial voice that is indistinguishable from a humans, and Amazon is experimenting with a fleet of delivery drones, Microsoft has been unable to make 'today' stand out in their calendar. For three years. While *multiple* members of the community have innovated complex work-around solutions. Totally worth the tens of thousands in license fees we pay each year.
It's been a year Microsoft. How about an update.
status update available?
Michael Rahn commented
I recently figured out a workaround to display a distinctly coloured event at the top of "today" that I thought I'd share. Most of the solutions I found were unsatisfactory to my taste (I use lots of categories and recurring events) so I cobbled together something based on splitting a recurring event into individual events and using sql filters. It's mindboggling that this had to be done at all.
You can't highlight a specific day of a recurring event; it highlights the whole event the same colour. So I create a recurring event and export it and reimport it to split the event into separate events. Once you have the split "today" events you can filter the visibility to only show the matching "today" event that is actually on today, with a colour that stands out. I set these today events to start at midnight and end at 1 because if I make it an all day event it will show up in the calendar preview of every email meeting. This makes it less visible in the weekly view, but I don't use that as much as the monthly view.
hack to make "today" more visible in outlook 2016:
- create recurring "today" event starting at 12am and ending at 1am with a unique hash in the body (i use 2B065C7C9CE466E5EBCAD757987D5D660EE4C9EA708BC62C43444B53334738BA) in a new calendar with subject "• today ——"
- file -> open & export -> import/export to export that calendar to a csv with a fixed end date far in the future, I go 5 years into the future (this splits the recurring event into individual events)
- reimport that csv into your main calendar
- use conditional formatting to format the "today" event (search for hash in "subject and notes fields") that actually "starts today" with a distinct colour, dark blue works well for me
to filter out the today events which actually aren't today, you can use this SQL filter on the calendar view (you can create this from a filter that searches for the hash with a starting time of today):
- NOT ( ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x0037001f" LIKE '%2B065C7C9CE466E5EBCAD757987D5D660EE4C9EA708BC62C43444B53334738BA%' OR "http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x1000001f" LIKE '%2B065C7C9CE466E5EBCAD757987D5D660EE4C9EA708BC62C43444B53334738BA%') AND NOT %today("urn:schemas:calendar:dtstart")% )
to remove all of these events if it drives you insane or you need to fix something (may have to delete in batches, i crashed outlook doing this once):
- view -> change view -> list
- view settings
- filter and filter for the same "today" events which the conditional formatting captures
- can now use ctrl+a and del to delete them all
to filter OUT these events if you want a non cluttered list view of events:
- create a filter searching for the hash in subject and notes fields
- go to the SQL tab and select "edit these criteria directly"
- enter "NOT " in front of the entire SQL statement (might need to wrap the whole thing in parentheses if it isn't already)
- should look something like `NOT ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x0037001f" LIKE '%2B065C7C9CE466E5EBCAD757987D5D660EE4C9EA708BC62C43444B53334738BA%' OR "http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x1000001f" LIKE '%2B065C7C9CE466E5EBCAD757987D5D660EE4C9EA708BC62C43444B53334738BA%')`
- this is view specific filtering so this works well to keep it visible in the calendar while hiding them in the list view
John Wind commented
It is now one year since the post from customer support agent and still issue has not been addressed. Its a shame that Microsoft has such a lack of vision for Outlook.
Instead of cobbling together add-ins from various 3rd party vendors, if Microsoft would integrate the most needed functions into Outlook, Outlook could be come the heart beat of most companies today.
There is so much untapped potential in Outlook, its just sad.
I have office 365 on Mac, and I still don't see a way to do this.
@Ragnar: Well spotted - currently 565 votes, going back years, and still it's not fixed! Microsoft has clearly been taking lessons from Adobe in how to earn billions while doing nothing to improve the products.
Same here. Come on. Three years to make THAT adjustment? Just let me check a box in order to make today stand out, especially in the monthly view. I just missed an appointment (some what) due to this problem.
I'd be shocked if this was a new idea, I'm sure thousands have already complained about the inability to actually highlight 'today' so that it stands out. That pathetic little sliver of color that matches everything thing else on the page can hardly be construed as 'standing out'. Adding an option to highlight 'today' has to be pretty simple, and would make a ton of people happier.
Current day should be highlighted to easily spot it when looking a t a weekly or monthly calendar view
-make TODAY stand out more in colour or boldness as gets lost when a lot of appointments
Sebastian Römmig commented
This was so much better in Outlook 2010... why did you change this?
Why not make this fully customizable?
I'm frustrated as well.
With the new versions we lost visibility and usability as stated from other users below.
On top, the versions are working slower when offering more and more online bondage.
I do have many appointments and wish a clear today marking.
As well the current week or Month should be highlighted.
But I guess a few hundred users do not make the difference !?
MD Vanderbelt commented
Are you still working on it, all these years?
Also it would be better if the beginning of each month was more clearly visible. Right now its difficult to tell which month I'm in at a glance.