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How to create a desktop shortcut for Outlook calendar/specific folder?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2018-05-03

When starting Microsoft Outlook by double clicking the Outlook icon on desktop or in the Start menu, it normally opens the Inbox folder of default email account. But, in some cases you may need to open a specific folder directly, such as Calendar. And this article will show you the ways to achieve it:

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This method will guide to add a new desktop shortcut for a specific Outlook folder, such as Calendar, Task, etc.

1. Open the folder containing the Microsoft Outlook program with opening the file explorer, pasting folder path C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15 into the Address box, and pressing the Enter key.

(1) Please change the Office15 in above folder path to Office16 for Outlook 2016, or Office14 to Office 2010.
(2) If you install your Microsoft Office (or Outlook) in custom folder, please open the custom folder containing the Microsoft Outlook program.

2. Now the folder containing the Outlook program is opening. Right click the Outlook program (EXE file) and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut) from the context menu. See screenshot:

3. Now a desktop shortcut for Outlook is created. Go to the desktop, right click the desktop shortcut, and select Properties from the context menu. See screenshot:

4. Now the Properties dialog box comes out. Click the Shortcut tab, add a space and /select outlook:calendar at the end of the Target box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

(1) After changing, the text will be changes to "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select outlook:calendar in the Target box. (16 may be replaced by 15, 14, or others based on your Microsoft Outlook version)
(2) If the target folder’s name contains spaces, please enclose the folder name with quotes, such as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select "outlook:Sent Items".
(3) If the target folder is a subfolder, please add the main folder name and a slash before the subfolder name, such as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select outlook:Contacts/B.

5. Keep selecting the desktop shortcut, right click and select Rename in the context menu, and then rename the desktop short as you need.
In my case, I rename the desktop short as Outlook_Calendar. See screenshot:

From now on, when double clicking the desktop shortcut, it will open the Calendar folder by default in Outlook.

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Actually, you can also configure Outlook options and change the default start folder in Outlook. Please do as follows:

1. Click File > Options.

2. In the opening Outlook Options dialog box, click Advanced in left bar, and then click the Browse button in the Outlook start and exit section. See screenshot:

3. Now the Select Folder dialog box comes out. Please click to select the new start folder as you need, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

4. Click the OK button in the Outlook Options dialog box.

Going forward, when you start Outlook, it will open the specified start folder by default.

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I was able to create a shortcut on the desktop to open the Outlook Calendar successfully with these instructions, but the end user wanted a shortcut to their iCloud shared calendar.
Try as I might, I was unable to create a shortcut that works for this. I think the issue is I don't know how to reference it. I tried:

/select outlook:iCloud
/select outlook:calendar/iCloud
/select "outlook:iCloud/Shared Calendar"
/select "outlook:calendar/Shared Calendar"
/select "outlook:calendar/iCloud/Shared Calendar"

Thinking about it now, I didn't try
/select iCloud or
/select "iCloud/Shared Calendar"

Perhaps I'll try that the next time I speak to the remote user.

Any other ideas are most welcome.

The next step would be to pin that shortcut to the Windows 11 Taskbar, but I feel like crying everytime I think about how far backwards Windows has gone since the days of XP where this was simply a matter of dropping the icon onto the Quick Launch bar...
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Is there any way to get it to open the calendar in the same view that it would show it to me through Outlook? When I view the calendar via Outlook itself, I see my usual view (which includes 5 total calendars - two of them merged - shown on a "Work Week" view). But when I open it via this link, I only see the one calendar.
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I also would love to know how to open a shared calendar like this as well. It works for my calendar, but I don't know how to open other shared calendars.
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I have tried to get the shortcut to open Outlook 2010 to a specific shared calendar to no avail. It almost seemed to work for a minute using /select (with the angle brackets, it complains if they are not there and will not open outlook and quotes do not work either) by opening the calendar and having the specific share calendar selected, however it immediately flipped over to the Inbox and this behavior was intermittent. Mostly it just opened the Inbox and seemed to ignore the select switch. Any suggestions?
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