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How to change time increments of calendars in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-08-06

When you display calendars in the Day/Work Week/Week/Schedule View in Outlook, the default time increment are 30 minutes. For special works, it may requires to place more/less space for calendar details. Therefore, you need to change the time increments of calendars in Microsoft Outlook.

Change time increments of calendars with Time Scale feature

Change time increments of calendars with right clicking

Change time increments of calendars with configuring other settings

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arrow blue right bubbleChange time increments of calendars with Time Scale feature

In Outlook 2010 and 2013, it quite easy to change the time increment of a specified calendar with the Time Scale feature.

Step 1: Shift to the Calendar view, and click to open the calendar you will change its time increment.

Step 2: Change calendar’s view with going to the View tab, next clicking the Change View > Calendar, and then clicking the Day button, Work Week button, Week button or Schedule View button.

Step 3: Then specify a time increment from the drop down list of Time Scale on the View tab.

Note: This method does not work in Outlook 2007.


arrow blue right bubbleChange time increments of calendars with right clicking

Another easy way to change the time increment of a specified calendar is with right clicking.

Step 1: Open the calendar and show it in the Day/Work Week/Week/Schedule View.

  1. In Outlook 2007, click the View > Current View > Day/Week/Month, and then click the Day button or Month button above the opened calendar.
  2. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, go to the View tab, next click the Change View > Calendar, and then click the Day button, Work Week button, Week button or Schedule View button.

Step 2: Right click the time scales area in the calendar, and then specify a time increment from the right-clicking menu. See screen shots below:


Time scales in Schedule View

Time Scales in Day View

Right-clicking Menu

arrow blue right bubbleChange time increments of calendars with configuring other settings

There is a third method that can help you change the time increment of a specified calendar in Microsoft Outlook.

Step 1: Shift to the Calendar view, and click to open the specified calendar that you will change its time increment.

Step 2: Show the calendar in the Day/Work Week/Week/Schedule View.

  1. In Outlook 2007, click the View > Current View > Day/Week/Month, and then click the Day button or Month button above the opened calendar.
  2. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, go to the View tab, next click the Change View > Calendar, and then click the Day button, Work Week button, Week button or Schedule View button.

Step 3: Click the View Settings button on the View tab (or click the View > Current View > Customize Current View in Outlook 2007).

Step 4: In the popping up Advanced View Settings dialog box, please click the Other Settings button.

Step 5: Then the format Calendar dialog box comes out. Please click the Time scale box and select a time increment from the drop down list.

Step 6: Click all OK buttons to exit each dialog box.


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Thank you but in Outlook 2010, it seems that the changement is not in action in the Scroll Down menu of the "Périodicity" fonction with the ability of choosing this 15 minutes value which is not visible there. Only "30 minutes" is available as a minimum choice. So, I can't valid by slice of 45 minutes my appointments with precision. Too bad for me!
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Thank you but in Outlook 2010, it seems that the changement is not in action in the Scroll Down menu of the "Périodicity" fonction with the ability of choosing this 15 minutes value wich is not visible there. Only "30 minutes" is available as a minimum choice. So, I can't valid by slice of 45 minutes my appointments with precision. Too bad for me!

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Thanks! Great info on modifying outlook calendar to help my productivity
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