Increase the number of color options in the Outlook Calendar palette from 9 to 16-25, increase contrast, and allow user editing of colors.
I find that I cannot change the color of agenda items or calendar items for my email accounts in Microsoft Outlook. I use various Android apps on my tablet and phone, that allow me to show Agenda items and Calendar items. If I use gmail, I can easily select a color, whereas with Outlook accounts I cannot change the color to suit my preferences. Also provide an option or feature to set different events with different colors in Calendar as well as in Categories in Microsoft Outlook 2016.
Stephanie Bald commented
I need more color categories for work than offered. 25 is not enough to manage and categorize my emails when I need to search a specific email type. Can you please create more colors? Neon's, pastels, darker tones...crayola box it up!
We just upgraded to Office 365 and I'm finding the category colors in Calendar to be way too intense. Even though the palette appears to mimic the colors in previous versions, the new colors are now very bold/bright and harder on the eyes. Please either soften the colors or expand the number of options to include more muted options.
Colors in Black Theme seem broken. It's like they were calculated based on or original colors to work across a dark background and not set by a person. I can't believe a human would have set the colors we have in Outlook in Dark Mode. This is not limited to the calendar -- even the "yellow" highlight in the text is now an oily, decaying, green-brown color.
This also applies to color coding calendars when showing multiple calendars in the Calendar view. There is no yellow or orange, even though those color names appear.
I think muted colors are fine and often look more professional than bright colors (like when Excel changed core palette a decade or so ago), but the colors in Dark Mode are not just muted. It's more like the palette broke for all the colors that were originally related to yellow when it was on the white background.
Who screwed up Outlook category colors and why???? This is a ridiculous change! It's not an "update" - it's a "downgrade"!!!
We all HATE the new dismal putrid color palette for Outlook color categories which makes it practically impossible to use the category colors which we depend on to use our calendar efficiently. Now we have to guess which color is which because they are so pale and similar, so the new colors are useless. WE NEED THE OLD BOLD COLORS BACK!!!!!
Please make life easier rather than harder!!!!!
BOLD COLORS NEEDED NOW!!!!! Please make the putrid colors only an option.
Just started using Office 365, the colours in Outlook are driving me crazy, can't work properly till this is fixed back to old colour scheme
Hi MS Team,
PLEASE have a read of the thread below; then also read this thread:
Then - please give us some FEEDBACK - ideally how to revert to the old colours but even if you can't/don't intend to do any thing at LEAST tell us - please, please, please.
Not only did the color palette change, but somehow appointments and notes in my archived and older calendar got tagged with a different color for denoting another category. It's bizarre and has totally messed up my calendar tracking system. Ugh.
I posted a while ago on the other forum about my frustration that the colors had changed. Many other users expressed that same frustration - their comments can be found here: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_outlook-mso_win10-mso_o365b/outlook-category-colors-changed/54a9d386-eb3a-4614-af88-e3c346b40506?messageId=6ce0656e-5748-4575-86db-b7c15e65dcfa
Like others here, I am not sure why a change was made in the first place, and why nobody in Microsoft is clarifying that change or sharing if/when there will be an update or reversion.
Every time there is a change I do not agree with, someone will point out to me, usually from an IT perspective, why the change was made and ultimately how it would improve my experience down the road. In this case, I can find no one who can give me any kind of answer.
Think about that for a minute...no techie has any possible explanation for this "downgrade"? When was the last time no one had even the vaguest clue as to why Microsoft made a change? All it has done is worsen my Outlook experience.
the calendar is now ugly. custom colours, which are available in Word etc, are a must.
This issue has been flagged by a significant number of CUSTOMERS in the past several months and Microsoft is entirely radio silent on the issue. WHAT THE **** IS WRONG WITH THIS COMPANY???
Trish Roberts commented
HATE the new colors. They are annoying and hard to differentiate. Has impacted productivity and they are not pleasing to the eye.
This is ridiculous! Why would microsoft change the colors of categories in Outlook? Here's an idea... if you are going to make a change, why not make a change for the BETTER..? No, instead you decide to make a change for the WORSE..! Give us a color picker, so we can create our own colors. How hard could that be???
Allow users to select a color palette for category colors that best allows for differences in visual preferences. This is a productivity issue!! Once again, the colors have changed, which requires readjustment and re-categorization since some colors are too similar. Plus they are so, so dull. I hate pastels. HATE. It doesn't make sense that millions of users have to be subjected to the preferences of a few at Microsoft who think this is best. I don't care to have all my colors be uniform across apps. For those that like that, great, they should have the option to choose a default across all apps. I want to be able to to make a selection that visually makes sense to me for my calendar and email. It's 2020. If we can figure out how to land on an asteroid, I think there are individuals who can figure this one out. Much appreciated!
I, too, have been waiting a long time for the ability to categorize with MANY MORE colors than the pittance that we are provided. This needs to be solved!
Rob KB commented
The expansion of colour choices for calendar events in Outlook is, by my reckoning, now just about 10 years overdue. What I need to be able to do is to indicate event categories by major colour, then vary these subtly (as we can the colour chooser in Word, for example). This will add so much more functionality by what must surely be a minor code tweak. Wouldn't it be nice to feel the love instead of the heat?
Change the bloody colours back Microsoft and dont waste our time !!! This is the one of the worst lots of updates in 30 years of using Microsoft products. (dont get me started on the broken search facility). The colours are incrediblly difficult to differentiate and have affected our productivity immensely. Reversion to a previous outlook version failed. We have contacted our laywer to see what action can be taken against Microsoft Australia. We are looking at two fronts - 1 - that we are losing business in a measurable manner due to lost productivity. 2 - it is discrimination against people with colour impaired vision. I encourage others to do this to force Microsoft to act otherwise nothing will likely happen. What's disturbing is that it took Microsoft technical support so long to accept their may be an issue and instructed us to do online repair our office, check video drivers etc. Get of your backsides Microsoft, fix this, and sack the incompetent team leaders that came up with this ridiculous change and authorised it.
Google does it why can't Microsoft?
Why did you delete all the colors in categories / calendar? I use them to denote different events and appointments and they all look the same to me now, all muted tones and pastels. Please make RED red, not pale pink. Please make ORANGE bright orange, etc. Why do you guys always have to mess with a good thing?
what happened to the colors on my calendar? they are all muted and pastel colors - bright red (urgent items) is now a pale pink. Please return to the original colors!!!!!