Make all your events shorter automatically

You can now have Outlook end your events a few minutes early or start them a few minutes late. This can help you build in travel time between events or add buffer time if other events go a bit long. You can choose a different duration for events under one hour and over one hour.

This feature is set up per email account. If you have more than one, be sure to set the start and end time settings for the ones you want.

Note: For iOS and Android, this feature is currently rolling out.

Note: Users should be running the latest Monthly Enterprise Channel build of Outlook Desktop. You can check to see what the latest build of Outlook is at this page. You can check what version of Outlook for Windows you are running by visiting What version of Outlook do I have?.

  1. Select File > Options > Calendar > Calendar options.

  2. Check the Shorten appointments and meetings checkbox and in the dropdown box choose End early or Start late.

      Calendar Options

  3. Use the drop-downs to select the number of minutes for events less than one hour and one hour or longer, then click OK.

Once set, this setting will be honored across Outlook for Windows, the new Outlook for Mac, Outlook on the web, Outlook for iOS, and Outlook for Android.

Outlook on the web users can set events to end early or start late by using the following instructions.

  1. Select Settings  Web Settings Icon  > View all Outlook settings > Calendar > Events and invitations.

  2. Check the Shorten duration for all events checkbox.

    Web Options  

  3. Use the drop-downs to select the number of minutes for events less than one hour and one hour or longer, then click Save.

    Once set, this setting will be honored across Outlook for Windows, the new Outlook for Mac, Outlook on the web, Outlook for iOS, and Outlook for Android.

You can't currently set events to start late or end early from the new Outlook for Mac.

If you make the change using your email account on Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows, the new Outlook for Mac will honor the settings you made, so if you create an event on your Mac it will start late or end early depending on what you set on the Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows.

Check the Windows Desktop or Web tabs for information on how to set your events to start late or end early.

You can't currently set events to start late or end early from Outlook for iOS.

If you make the change using your email account on Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows, Outlook for iOS will honor the settings you made, so if you create an event on your iOS device it will start late or end early depending on what you set on the Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows.

Check the Windows Desktop or Web tabs for information on how to set your events to start late or end early.

You can't currently set events to start late or end early from Outlook for Android.

If you make the change using your email account on Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows, Outlook for Android will honor the settings you made, so if you create an event on your Android device it will start late or end early depending on what you set on the Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows.

Check the Windows Desktop or Web tabs for information on how to set your events to start late or end early.

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