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Outlook desktop client - showing multiple months of calendar in To-Do bar

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Jim Dorf
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"In the old days" you could show as many months of calendar in the to-do bar space as the width would allow.  As you dragged the width wider, more months would fill in.

 

Now no matter how wide you make the screen real estate, only one month is visible.

 

My screenshot below makes it clear what I'm saying.  The yellow spaces used to show the month before and after the "primary" month that was currently displayed in the main window.

As I don't think this is a setting, Microsoft please consider this a suggestion -- to bring back the described functionality as it was until at least Outlook 2013 if not even more recent.

Thanks.

 

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I've never had the need to add more months, but pinging @Julia Foran as she can give you the authoritative answer on this :)

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The presentation I describe existed until not that many major release levels ago..  Outlook 2013 maybe? 

 

It's very convenient, when counting days across months or being able to drill down to a date on a previous or following month without first having to move the single month with the little back or forward months buttons.

It does certainly make sense - all that useless screen real estate..  I size that column at least wide enough to make it useful to show the to-do list below -- if it's narrow like one month then the upcoming appt and todo listaren't really usable -- so my desired handling -- "the way it used to be" --  is pretty logical.

I've attached a couple more screen grabs.  Note that when the column is only wide enough for the single month showing the upcoming and todo are pretty truncated.  When wide enough for upcoming and todo to be useful, then there's that pesky whitespace (yellow in my sample) just screaming out for more months to show!  :)

I genuinely appreciate having this easy access to the real team at Microsoft - makes it worth my time to report and discuss my suggestions and concerns!!

/j

 

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You don't have to convince me, after all everyone has it's own way of work, and if the feature is useful to you it's fair to ask where did it go. I added Julia to the thread as she's the authority on anything Calendar related, so perhaps she would know if this was deliberately removed or replaced by some other functionality. Other than that, I can advise you to post this as feedback over at UserVoice: https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/322590-outlook-2016-for-windows

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Hi Jim -- this is getting traction on the UserVoice page, which in turn will bring more attention to this change in functionality. Could you go vote for it here please? https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/322590-outlook-2016-for-windows/suggestions/11596416-allow-mult...

 

Adding @Jennifer Lu as FYI (the PM for Windows Outlook calendar).

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For a while I thought I was imagining tha tthis used to be a feature. now i know i'm not crazy. While procrastinating some other thing, I decided to google how to get 2 months visible on the to-do bar and came across this post.   I agree with you. MS needs to bring that that functionality. i don't even understand why they took it away. :(

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Any progress on this request? The traction continues to be high volume @Julia Foran 

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