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What does not work in Outlook

This has happened to everyone before: Suddenly your computer does not allow you to do something that is (always) particularly important for your current task. You then mentally search for an explanation for a few seconds, then look angrily at the screen and ask accusingly: "Why is that not possible now?"

In most cases it is a procedural misstep, but sometimes you can't do what you should because - well - it just doesn't work.

Outlook can do a lot. There should be people who manage their entire existence with Outlook and organize almost every facet of their life with its communication and planning functions. However, there are some things that Outlook can't do, sometimes by design. Occasionally, however, there are also things that the otherwise very thorough programmers and planners of Outlook did not foresee. There are a number of such hurdles, but we're only going to cover a few of them in this article.


Because Outlook is essentially about structure and organization, certain things are expected of the meeting attendees and the meeting organizers.

  • The role of organizer is not transferable.

    After someone organizes a series of meetings, that person is the organizer until all meetings in that series are completed. If the original organizer cannot attend, no one else can act as the meeting organizer. The only workaround is to delete the original meeting and ask the new meeting organizer to send out invitations.

  • The meeting remains on the organizer's calendar.

    The meeting cannot be deleted from the organizer's calendar even if the organizer cannot attend because the organizer is the only one who can make changes to the meeting information (such as the venue, start time, required and optional attendees, etc.)

  • Meetings that you decline do not exist.

    If you decline a meeting, it disappears from your calendar. If you don't plan on attending a meeting, but you want it to appear on your calendar, click With reservationso that the meeting stays on your calendar, do not mark this time as Busy.

Views and Folders

You can customize many parts of Outlook, but there are a few areas that are locked.

  • Only calendar entries for the selected day are displayed in the calendar views in the task pane and in the calendar popup view.

    Click another day to view the entries for that day. If you want to see more than one day at a time, use the full calendar view.

  • Each folder has its own view.

    You can change the view of any of your folders so that your Inbox looks different from your Sent Items folder or Personal Folders. However, you can only change the view for one folder at a time. H. You cannot make changes to multiple folders in one step.

  • The font in the folder area cannot be changed.

    The format, size and color of the folder list in the folder area cannot be changed, sorry!

Contact groups and emails

Outlook is a great tool for email, but there is always room for improvement.

  • Contact groups come from the contacts.

    It would be useful to be able to add the sender of an email directly to a contact group, for example when someone replies to an offer to subscribe to an email newsletter. In Outlook, however, contact groups are created from existing contacts, so you need to add the sender to your contacts first. If you'd prefer not to mix your contacts, create a folder in the Contacts folder only for senders you want to add to contact groups.

  • Contacts are individuals.

    Although it would be convenient if you have a group senders in a train to the contacts, this is not possible. The senders of e-mails can only be added to the contacts one at a time.

  • Each message is only sent once.

    You may want to create a message that will automatically be sent over and over again (for example, a monthly reminder that a report is due). This is not possible in Outlook.

We feel for you

We understand the frustration these hurdles can cause, but we welcome your suggestions and ideas (and your complaints). If you tell us what you think we could do better, give us the opportunity to review your suggestions and, if necessary, consider them in future versions of Outlook. Until then, we hope this article helps you avoid outbursts of anger in the future.