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Personalize your Calendar experience

It's easy to change your calendar settings in, Outlook on the web, and the new Outlook for Windows so your calendar looks and behaves the way you want it to.

Go to Settings

To find the most frequently used Calendar settings, go to the Calendar view and select Settings Settings.

To change settings not included in the Settings pane, select View all Outlook settings at the bottom of the Settings pane.


Under Theme, choose from one of the themes displayed. You can also select View all to choose from more options.

Theme selection

Dark mode

Dark mode switches the color scheme from a light background to a dark one. Turning on dark mode can reduce eye strain in low-light environments.

To learn more about dark mode, see Dark mode.

Bold event colors

Bold event colors shows the calendar and categories in bold colors.

Screenshot of an event with bold event colors

Current time zone

You can change the time zone for your calendar. Under Current time zone, select the time zone box and type the name of a city to search for it.

Date and time format

You can change the date format and time format for your calendar. The default settings are taken from your Outlook account.

  • Under Date format, choose the format you prefer.

  • Under Time format, choose the format you prefer.

First day of your week

Under First day of the week, choose the day you want to start your week from the drop-down list.

Custom calendar colors

Setting your various calendars to different colors makes them easier to see and understand. 

To change a calendar's color, click on the calendar in the sidebar and select Color. Click on any of the standard colors displayed.

Outlook Web Calendar Color Selection

To set your calendar to a custom color, click on the calendar in the sidebar, select Color > Custom.

Outlook Web Calendar Color Selection Custom

Use the Color Picker to select the color of your choice. 

Outlook Web Calendar Custom Color Picker.

If you know the color values for a specific color, you can enter the hexadecimal or RGB values in the boxes.

An example of your selected color will be shown so you can confirm your selection.

Once you've selected a custom color, it will be listed along with the standard colors. Only one custom color is allowed at a time.

Outlook Web Calendar Color Selection With Custom

You can also access the custom color options when using the Edit my calendars menu.

Outlook Web Calendar Edit Calendar

See more settings

To find other ways to personalize your Outlook experience, scroll to the bottom of Settings and select View all Outlook settings.

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