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How to change the calendar color in outlook?

When you create a new calendar, Microsoft Outlook will add a background color for this new calendar randomly, which may be not your favorite. Besides, a different background color may make a calendar more attractive. Here we will talk about how to change a calendar’s color in Microsoft Outlook easily.

Change the calendar color in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013

Change the calendar color in Microsoft Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleChange the calendar color in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013

There are a couple of ways to change a calendar’s color in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013.

Method A: Change the calendar color with right-clicking

Microsoft Outlook provides us with the Color feature in the right-clicking menu, so that you can change a calendar’s color with right-clicking quickly.

Firstly, shift to the Calendar view, and right click a calendar name that you will change its color.

And then click the Color in the right-clicking menu, and select a new color in the following menu.

The right-clicking method will help you change a calendar’s color rapidly.

Method B: Change the calendar color with the Color feature

Normally you may be used to using buttons in the ribbon. And this method will guide you to change a calendar’s color with the Color feature in Ribbon easily.

Step 1: Shift to the Calendar view, and select a calendar that you will change its showing color.

Step 2: Go to the Color group on the View tab, and click the Color button, and then select a new color in the drop down menu. See the following screen shot:


arrow blue right bubbleChange the calendar color in Microsoft Outlook 2007

It seems Microsoft Outlook 2007 does not suggest users to change their calendars’ color, because you cannot find out the Color feature neither in the right-clicking menu nor in the Ribbon. Actually you can only change the color of default calendar in Microsoft Outlook 2007.

Step 1: Click the Tools > Options to open the Options dialog box.

Step 2: In the Options dialog box, please click the Calendar Options button on the Preferences tab.

Step 3: In the Calendar Options dialog box, please click the Default color box, and select a new color for the default calendar in your Microsoft Outlook 2007.

Step 4: Click all OK buttons in each dialog box.

Please note that this method only changes the default calendar’s color.


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    Francesca Roman · 1 years ago
    I have 2007. Went to do what you said for the calendars. Didn't work at first but there is a box to check to make all calendars the same color. Tried once, no change, tried pink, it all changed, tried blue, it all changed. Now I'm happy.
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    Brad · 2 years ago
    I know this is a response to an old post, but @WordPefect Refugee, you are wrong. Method B works for Outlook 2013. I just did it. I suspect several of the other methods would work as well as they are other ways to see the same settings. I know MS Products have their shortcomings, but please tell me of one, just one app, that doesn't have a shortcoming. I am willing to bet you can't.
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    WordPefect refugee · 3 years ago
    your instructions for changing calendar colors in Outlook 2013 do not work. Both when using the right-click and "color feature" methods. I want to change the background color. All that happens it the lowermost calendar "item" on the changes color, not the background. I HATE MICROSOFT PRODUCTS. OUTLOOK MAY BE EVEN WORSE THAN M$ WORD.