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With the addition of RSS and iCal for EventEssentials Pro users and reviewing Ideas submitted on the Community, I thought this may be a good opportunity to review tricks in Outlook's Calendar that many people may not be aware of.
The iCal link from FSDirect or CommunityUse is an "internet" calendar. Other calendar feeds are available on the internet if you search for topics such as "public ics calendars". It is great to quickly add holidays (or maybe your favorite team's schedule) to Outlook without the tedious data entry or trying to perform an import (yes, it can be done via File→ Open & Export).
To add a calendar based on data from the internet:
Paste or type the web address here to add it to your list of calendars. To understand how this link can be produced from FSDirect or CommunityUse, view our Help Guide for details on how to generate an iCal URL for a feed.
Done! A new calendar will appear in your list that you can show or hide anytime.
In the View tab, you can quickly change each calendar's color. When you choose Overlay, it merges each calendar into one singular view. The arrows next to each calendar's name allow to toggle between one view or a side-by-side view and the X removes the calendar from the Overlay view.
Just as you can have a preview or "Reading Pane" for emails, you can also have one with events. Simply click the event and the pane refreshes...no more double-clicking and closing out the event details!
Excel uses "Conditional Formatting" to flag data, but so can your Outlook Calendar!
You can set up rules to consider text in the subject and/or body of the event, if it is a certain timeframe, and more!
Be able to see auto-colored events across all calendars like this: