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If you would like national or religious holidays to appear on your calendar, you don't need to enter them yourself. Outlook can add them for you. To import holidays, go to the Tools Ribbon and click the Import button. Choose the last option, Holidays, and then click on the arrow in the bottom-right corner of the window. A list of countries will appear. As you scroll down, you'll notice national holidays and religious holidays. Put a checkmark in front of any countries whose holidays you would like to appear in your Outlook.
One warning though. Only import the holidays that are truly relevant for you. If you choose many countries in order to be worldly, you'll find your days are full with few of the appointments being your own. So, I'll choose United States and when I click on the next arrow, my holidays will be added to my calendar. I'll click OK here and Finish. Here is Labor Day. If I decide that I no longer want to see the holidays on my calendar, I have two choices. If it's temporary, I can just uncheck the category in the navigation pane.
When I recheck it, the holidays come back. But if I do want to remove my holidays entirely, it's not straightforward. I need to click in the search box in the upper right and then on the Advanced button, click on the drop-down where it says Item Contains and change this to Category. And the category that I want is Holiday - United States. I'll click on the first one and then either use Command+A on my keyboard or go up to the Edit menu and choose Select All.
Then delete the items. It will say, are you sure you want to permanently delete these items? and And I'll go ahead and do it. After the items are gone, I can go back to Search and close it. You can then delete these Holiday categories from the Categories list. We couldn't do this first because the category would've disappeared, but all the holidays would've remained. If I want to remove the Categories from my navigation pane, I need to go the Organize Ribbon, click on Categories, and click on the Holidays to delete those as well.
Then I'll close my Categories pane. In the end, taking the time to add your national holidays to your calendar will help you with scheduling your events
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