How to add world holidays and time zones in Outlook calendar

The world is getting more and more global,
most likely the same is happening in the corporation you are working for.

One of the main challenges while working in a global environment, with people sitting in other locations, it is to know when your colleagues (sitting in other locations) will have public holidays in their countries.

A few years ago, when PowerBi was starting up,
I was responsible to lead a Power BI training for my colleagues in Switzerland, Singapore, and the UK.

I was expecting around 40 people to join the session.

All set for the training and…surprise.

Only 25 people managed to make it to the training.

Do you know what?
The most shocking part was that nobody from Switzerland joined the training.

Do you know why? – Keep reading here.

World holidays in outlook calendar

Public holidays normally mean a day off for people, the same applies to corporations.

That was exactly the case for my PowerBi training,
I was planning an online training exactly on a date when there was a public holiday in Switzerland.

Naturally,
people based in Switzerland did not join the training, of course, it was their day off.

As learning of this,
going forward I was always checking Google the public holidays in different countries, to ensure not clashing with my sessions.

Was this serving my purpose? Yes.
Was this a practical way to manage? No, it was not. When I had people from +10 different countries, it was quite time-consuming to consolidate all the public holidays.

There should be another way to do it without Google.

Good news is, there is another way.

I show you in this post, step by step how to add world holidays to your Outlook calendar.

Step by step on how to add world holidays in the outlook calendar

Go to Calendar (shortcut Ctrl+2)

Click on File

Click on Options

Click on Calendar

Then Click on the button “Add Holiday” within the Calendar Options menu

Select now the countries you want to see their public holidays and click the OK button.

You can select as many countries as you want.

And this is how it will look on your calendar:

Q&As regarding public holidays in Outlook calendar

How many country holidays can I have in my Outlook calendar?

You can have as many country holidays as you want.

What are the different time zones in Outlook calendar for?

The country holidays in Outlook calendar will give you visibility on which days some countries may be off.

Can I trust the accuracy of the Outlook calendar country holidays?

Yes, you can absolutely trust the accuracy.

Good news.
Now you know everything about how to see in your Outlook calendar the public holidays in different countries.

However, you may wonder,
how can I see what time zone is on the other side of the world?

Ask no more, keep reading here.

How to add another time zone to Outlook calendar

Go to Calendar (shortcut Ctrl+2)

Click on File

Click on Options

Click on Calendar

Scroll down until you will find the Time zones section.

In this case, you can see there are three different time zones.
One for Europe, one for Mexico and one for the USA.

And this is how it will look on your calendar:

Q&As regarding time zones in Outlook calendar

How many different time zones can I have in my Outlook calendar?

You can have a maximum of up to 3 different time zones in your.

What are the different time zones in the Outlook calendar?

The different time zones will allow you to see what time it is in the time zones you will select.

Can I trust the accuracy of the Outlook calendar time zones?

Yes, you can absolutely trust the accuracy.

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