Outlook 2010: How to Automatically Add Locale-based Holiday’s to Your Calendar

Today I was nosing around my Outlook 2010 settings and happened upon a neat little feature to automatically add in all of the holidays for a given country/region.

While I’m familiar with my own country’s holidays, due to a lack of interest I’m not familiar at all with the rest of the world and I’m even less interested in adding them to my calendar by hand. I deal with peers in many different countries around the world, and in attempting to schedule joint projects it’s very helpful to know in advance if they’re celebrating a holiday.

Outlook makes no assumptions when you begin using it as to what holiday’s you would like on your calendar, so by default none are added. Fortunately, Microsoft has made it very easy in Outlook 2010 to add those holidays automatically. Just do the following:

  1. On the File menu, click Options, and then click Calendar.
  2. Under Calendar options, click Add Holidays.
  3. Select the check box next to each country/region whose holidays you want to add to your Calendar, and then click OK. Your own country/region is automatically selected.

Removing holidays is not quite as slick though. Whereas you might think (logically) that you would just uncheck the holiday’s in the same box, Microsoft has a more convoluted way of doing it:

  1. In Calendar, on the View tab, click Change View, then select List.
  2. Select the holidays you want to remove. To quickly remove all of the holidays for a country/region, click the Location column heading to sort by country. To select multiple rows, press the CTRL key and click subsequent rows.
  3. Change to the Home tab and click Delete on the Standard toolbar (or simply right-click on the highlighted items and select delete).

A bit of a short post and probably obvious to a lot of people, but it was something that I hadn’t run across before and thought was pretty useful.

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