Sort categories alphabetically
I use a lot of categories. The new Outlook hides most of the categories and I have to choose "all categories" each time to find the one I want. Time consuming.
Cynthia Rosano commented
In Outlook Online, categories I add to a meeting invite before accepting it do not carry over to the calendar; I have to go to the calendar and find the meeting and then add the category. That isn't happening in the desktop app.
Create categories that work in serie to create workflow
When email gets in, I assign to a category. Once i complete my task, I can then remove the category ( or click an X on the category label) and I will be propose the next category or the category before.
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Dear Outlook team,
The "Categories" feature is glitchy and unreliable. It is far too "beta" to be in production. Please fix it.
Outlook on the web has no ability to rename a category. The only way to rename is via desktop app (in my case, Outlook for Mac).
Renaming a category in the desktop app does not modify categories already applied to existing emails. When I rename a category on the desktop app, existing emails retain their previous category name. The Outlook interface removes the shortcut for the previous category name, making it necessary to re-create the previous category name to find them again. Only then can they be transferred to the new category and removed from the old one.
It is far too easy to "Clear all categories" via the Outlook interface with a single click. This potentially un-tags hundreds of emails and upends an entire organization system.
Yet another frustration to the user commented
Yes, this drives me bonkers; this just started happening to me and it drives me nuts. It seems like with every update, Microsoft yanks functionality so each email and calendar item now takes me more clicks to process, which means more time wasted in processing emails and calendaring.
Another Anonymous commented
Yes, the new categories are difficult to use and the coloring system now makes it impossible to quickly distinguish one category from another. The old calendar had bright, vibrant, recognizable hues. It was easy to IMMEDIATELY find something or know what type of event it was. Now it feels like I am at a baby shower. It's much harder to tell one category from another. Please give us back the prior category coloring and system.
Categories I use most are not visible in the top 8 and it's a now a convoluted way of getting to them. Can you make them all visible in a list straight away as you used to?
seriously, how are the categories that come up in the short list when you click on "categories" chosen? they are NOT the ones I use most often, nore are the ones I marked as favorites. can we PLEASE choose how to sort these? the list of 8 that appears is not useful. I have to go to "all categories" to find the ones I use the most.
I agree. This is driving me nuts.
seems that they still have not changed the categories that are shown on the "short list". I have to click "all categories" to quickly find the one I want. this is annoying? please fix it, or provide options for which ones to show in this window.
I cannot sort/view emails by category when using Outlook356 web app (I can only do this using the desktop version).
The categories are still there in the WebApp - and I can still apply them - but I cannot view or sort all the emails that have been assigned a given category: what is the point allowing customer to assign categories to emails, when we cannot sort/view by these categories.
I have viewed umpteen tutorials/helpsheets/videos trying to find out how to do this - but it appears that it is impossible.
Dr Martin Lang
Someone made an update and adding new tabs to messages ... FAILs ... please fix it. Using Chrome (latest) on Windows 10
Categories aren't accessible when moving from one inbox to another e.g. if you open a shared inbox that is linked to your own. Currently functionality that would be good to bring across.
Have starred/favorited cagetories appear at the top of the category list. Otherwise there seems to be no point to star/favorite my categories
I constantly use categories, constantly having to select "All Categories" is just more wasted time.
My intuition says that if a menu exists for "All Folders" where one can filter in/out by folder, another menu must exists for "All categories" to fitler in/out by category.
Folders were deprecated time ago by your Gmail friends ;D
The completly arbitrary way of sorting content in hierarchical views is completely outdated with today's standards.
Dennis Thomas commented
Dennis Thomas commented
Yes please make the category list alphabetical or add the ability to re-order the list.
AMBLER, Adam [MEDAU] commented
I agree with this. The old version used to sort Alphabetically so I put AA in front of my most used categories.
Ability to order categories would be good or at least keep them alphabetical.
I use categories for mail and for my calendar. I cannot figure out how my list of categories is sorted, but the order is not useful. it used to be alphabetical and started my most-used categories with 0- so they came out at the top of the list. now they are scattered throughout but never visible in the first window I see. how can I sort my categories so the list is useful to me?
in the calendar, the categories are indicated by text color for events at the top of the day columns (that you can use for reminders, etc), but as others have said, many of the colors are not easy to distinguish. I like the colored bars for at the top of the day columns - they are easy to see.