How to add custom holidays to the calendar

This tip shows how to create and add custom holidays, for example, of your company to the Outlook calendar.

To add custom holidays to Outlook calendar, do the following:

    1.    Open the outlook.hol file (after first making a safe copy of it somewhere else):

For example, it can be here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\1033\outlook.hol.

    2.    Go to the end of the file, and add events using the following format:

  • [Description of Section] nnn - useful description of the section, and then type the name of the events; the nnn part represents the number of events within the section
  • Event or holiday description, yyyy/mm/dd
  • Event or holiday description, yyyy/mm/dd
Company holidays Outlook 2016

    3.    On the File tab, click the Options button:

Outlook 2016 options

    4.    In the Outlook Options dialog box, on the Calendar tab, under Calendar options, click the Add Holidays... button:

Calendar options Outlook 2016

    5.    In the Add Holidays to Calendar dialog box, select the country and check holidays for it:

Calendar options Outlook 2016

    6.    Click Ok to add holidays of the selected "country" to your Outlook calendar:

Calendar with holidays Outlook 2016

See also How to delete holidays and events from the calendar.

See also this tip in French: Comment ajouter les fêtes et des jours fériés personnalisées du calendrier.

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