Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Subscribing to calendars, part of Outlook.com Essential Training.
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You can subscribe to other people's calendars, that is see their calendar on your calendar as an overlay if they've allowed you to or if it's a public calendar. You can subscribe to calendars that are in iCal format and available publicly as a URL. Whenever the owner of that file makes changes to it, you'll see those changes reflected on your calendar. Even though you can't change them directly. You can also import calendar entries directly using the ICS file format, but it's important to note that those files aren't going to change. You'll be seeing a snapshot of the entries.
That's perfectly fine for importing things that aren't going to change, like holidays. To subscribe to a calendar, click the Import button at the top of the screen. And instead of importing calendar entries we're going to click Subscribe on the left hand side. Now the first thing that we'll need is the calendar URL of the calendar that we're going to subscribe to. If you want to find some calendars that you can subscribe to, I have a website open here that's called icalshare.com. There's all sorts of calendars that you can subscribe to. I'm going to come down here and search.
I'll search for an eclipse calendar. I'll type eclipse, hit Go, and here's a couple of them. Here's a moon phases calendar. To subscribe to it, I'm going to right-click this Subscribe to Calendar button, choose Copy Link to get that URL that we need. And then I'm going to come back to my calendar tab, right-click in the field and choose Paste. It puts the calendar URL field in there.
And now I can write the name. It's my Eclipse calendar. I can change the color of the calendar and I can also give it a charm if I want to though I don't have to. Click Subscribe and you'll be subscribed to the calendar. Now whenever you happen to be scrolling through your calendar, you could see entries from that. For example here's one about a meteor shower.
Here's one about the moon cycles. I can toggle these on or off at any time by clicking on the Gear icon in the top right of the screen and unchecking my Eclipse calendar. The entries are gone, though not deleted. If I want to get them back again, because they're just hidden, I can place a checkmark again beside Eclipse. If I did want to delete it entirely, I can click the Gear icon, choose Options, click on my Eclipse calendar that I've subscribed to, and choose Delete. I can also change the color of it, or the name of it, or the charm of it at any time.
When I'm done with my changes, if I didn't want to delete them, I can just click save. So, that's how you work with public calendars in Outlook.com.
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