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Three Time Zones in Outlook

Simple but useful stuff. Now, Outlook supports Three Time Zones in the Calendar. To set the time zones, right click on the time display in Calendar and choose Change Time Zone… or go to File – Options – Calendar – Time Zones.  If you work with customers or your own teams globally, this can be a very useful feature.

Set three time zones

How to select Three Time Zones in Outlook

One time zone is always shown by default – that is the current time zone – as per Windows regional settings. You can choose two more time zones. Remember to specify labels which are short and clear. If you use wrong labels, you will end up confusing yourself.

Three Time Zones were added in May 2018. Since many years, Outlook supported only two time zones.

The time zones are visible in the Day, Week and Work Week view. In the month view, there is no place to show the time portion.

Time showing Australia, Hong Kong and India time

Suppose, I have three time zones set – India, Hong Kong and Australia. What to do when I am actually visiting HK? Simple. Click the Swap Time Zones button. This cycles the time zones. Choose the first time zone to be the place where you are. That’s it.
Remember to reset it to your home time zone when you return to your base location.

Choose the desired time slot display

By default, Outlook shows one-hour time slots. Depending upon your work profile, you can make it more detailed. You can go down to 5 minute granularity. This is useful if you are using Calendar for managing lots of related activities like organizing an event calendar or a training program schedule.

Change time scale menu

There is a special 6 minute time slot display – for legal and other consultants who are billed by the hour. For them, dividing the hour into 10 slots of 6 minutes each is easier for calculating their charges rather than dividing it into 12 slots of 5 minutes each!

Arrange a meeting based upon customer convenience

In another related feature, while creating a new appointment, you can see other time zones. Click the Time Zone button in the New Appointment window.

Select the customer time zone and schedule the appointment as per their convenience. When you save the Appointment, it is translated automatically into your base time zone.

Unfortunately, WHILE you are editing the appointment, you can only see the time in the target time zone. But it is still better than manually calculating time zone offsets.

Outlook Knowledge Pack

Outlook is great. But our outlook towards Outlook is not! That is why we waste lot of our precious time in doing the wrong things in and around Outlook. I have covered many aspects of effective Outlook usage. Here is a comprehensive list, in recommended order of reading. The complete Outlook Knowledge Pack.

Outlook Knowledge Pack

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How to combine multiple calendars in Outlook

Primary calendar is your personal calendar. But in addition you may have additional calendars for specific teams. Usually there is also a Company Calendar and / or Training Calendar. How do we keep track of multiple calendars? Because time is common. No problem. It is a ONE CLICK solution!

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Arrange meetings with yourself = Time Management

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This article is a part of a series about proactive work management. Please read the following articles before reading this article so that you understand the context clearly.

  1. The Outlook paradox: Are you helping others at the cost of your own work?
  2. Tasks folder is your best friend!
  3. Never delegate work using email: Use Outlook Tasks
  4. DO NOT flag mails for follow up. There is a better way…

Recap

  • You must proactively plan and execute your own work
  • The best way to keep track of your work is to create tasks in Outlook
  • Delegation and monitoring is best performed using Assigned Tasks
  • Work sent to you by others by mail should also be converted to Tasks
  • Finally, we have a long list of tasks which is clearly demarcated

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Now you clearly KNOW what is the pending work. This is a great start.

The next step is to ensure that the work is done on time. Let us see how…

The problem: lot of work but no time to do it!

Time is already blocked in meetings – most of them called for by others Steaming mad

Solution? Find time to do the work.

Exactly how?

Tasks + Calendar = Execution

Very easy…

Open Calendar – ideally weekly or work week view

Right click on Task folder and choose Open in New Window. Change the view to Active Tasks.

Make the Tasks window smaller so that you can see the tasks and the calendar together.

Drag a task and drop it on the calendar. Choose the date and time which you feel is convenient.

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We know the expected duration of each task (we created a special column for it). Adjust the duration accordingly in the calendar. If you do not see the Duration column in this view, go to Field Chooser and drag-drop the column once. See this article for details.

Good news: Now everyone knows that you are busy Smile

Do this for as many tasks as you can…

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This is called Time Management!

Few more things

When you drag and drop the task to calendar, there is NO linkage between them.

Just creating a meeting request does NOT mean that you have finished the task in the allocated time.

When you finish the task, you must mark it as complete MANUALLY.

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Let me know your thoughts…

Outlook: How to delete all old appointments in Calendar

Calendar view shows only Day, Week, Work Week and Month views. You can only select all appoints within a month. Even in the month view, CTRL A does NOT select all appointments.

In short, any bulk operation you want to do for appointments is a pain.

Solution is simple. Just change the view in Outlook.

Outlook delete all old appointments

Now all the appointments and meetings are shows as a simple list – like Inbox or Tasks..

Now you can sort, filter, multi-select any number of items and perform any operation you like – for example, Delete 0ld appointments or archive to another folder or PST.

AutoArchive does this automatically

Most of us don’t want old appointments to waste space in the mailbox – because the space is limited. The smartest way to clean this up is to run AutoArchive. We will cover this in the next article.

How to share calendar with external parties?

Often we need to arrange a meeting with some external party. Both are busy people. How do you share your free time with the other person?

Within the company, if you are using Exchange and Outlook, you can see each other’s Free / Busy time. But for external parties, this facility is not available.

Trying to make a list of free slots in next few weeks manually is obviously a lengthy process…

That is why there is an elegant way available to share calendar with someone outside your organization in just few clicks…

  1. Go to the Calendar… let us say it looks like this for next two weeks.image
  2. Now right click on the calendar and choose Share – Email CalendarOutlook share calendar with external parties
  3. Choose the duration and level of detail you want to show. Usually there is no point in showing more than couple of weeks because the schedule is bound to change.image
  4. Click OK. Now a new email message is created with a calendar showing free and busy dates. Ctrl Click on each date to see the availability.
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  5. Clicking on the hyperlink jumps to the details for that day.image
  6. This way the other party can find mutually convenient time without trial and error!

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