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  • Outlook Question on Day Names in Calendar

    Hi Guys,

    This isn't strictly GTD, but as part of my GTD implementation I am moving to using Outlook for all Contact/Calendar data, from ACT, and I have a couple of questions. I thought I would ask here as I know there are a lot of Outlook enthusiasts

    How do you display the Day Name/Abbreviation in the Calendar? At the minute my Day Calendar just shows 16 May, not Tuesday 16 May etc. Same for work week and week, actually in the 7 day week view it shows the date twice? The only Calendar that shows day name is Month? I can't find anything on how to set this and it is really starting to annoy me. Its probably something obvious but I just can't see for looking at the moment. Anybody know how to show the Day Names in the day,work week and week calendar?

    Also if I have a lot of emails in a folder and highlight them, then press the delete key Outlook hangs. If I right click and select delete, or hit the delete button from the Toolbar it works fine. This only happens for emails, if I highlight multiple tasks and press the delete key it works fine. Anybody had this type of problem? I am patched up with the latest updates etc.

    Any help much appreciated

    All the best


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    This is a setting you need to change via Windows, not through Outlook.

    Start -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options.

    You have yours set to UK English, correct? (US English automatically shows the day name, for whatever reason. Or else it's just my installation.) Anyway...

    Click on the Customize button. Click on the Date tab. In the box for Long Date, copy this in: dddd, dd MMMM yyyy

    The initial four d's indicate to use the day name. You should end up with days that look like this: Thu 18 May.

    Try playing around with that setting to get it exactly how you want it. These are called masks, and are generally forgiving, so don't worry about screwing it up. You can always set it back to the default, and start over.

    Note that changing it this way will affect other applications besides Outlook, so if you see format changes to dates in other programs, this is why.