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How To Add Holidays to Outlook 2007 Calendar

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Howtos, Windows | Posted on 23-01-2008

After installing Outlook I have found the default installation does not automatically add holidays to the calendar.  When scheduling appointments and tasks it is important to know the holidays.  For example, a husband can find himself in a lot of trouble if he schedules a dinner with a client on Valentine’s Day.  I have also found instances where users entered the holidays by hand into their calendars.  In either case holidays can be added to Outlook with just a few clicks of the mouse.  Here are the steps you need to take to enable holidays in your Outlook calendar.

Step 1: Tools->Options

In the top menu of Outlook select Tools then Options in the menu.


Step 2:  Select Calendar Options


Step 3:  Select Add Holidays

In the middle of the next screen select “Add Holidays”.


Step 4:  Select Country


Press OK.

Step 5: Option Screen

You may or may not get the following screen.


If this screen appears just press “Yes”.

Step 6:  Wait for Holidays to Be Added


Step 7:  Done


Press OK to close the other screens that are open.

Step 8:  Check Calendar

After this you should be able to visit a date that is known to be a holiday like Valentine’s Day for example.  The holiday will be displayed at the top of the calendar in Outlook as shown below.


  • Joan Wallace

    After downloading the holidays they do not show on the calendar?????  How do you get them to show up?

  • Ramy

    it is not working , how come i searched a lot for this articile all comes at the end no one is working with him this feature

  • Dolfnlvr

    THANK YOU!!!

  • deb

    Thanks it worked great!

  • I have never tried to do like this, even never thought about this. So now i am going to follow these instructions. Thanks for this great information.

  • Awesome! Thanks for the step-by-step! Your post was better than anything on the Microsoft website!

  • Xygt3

    Thank you very much, worked perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    Appreciated very much… Thanks!

  • Thanks for such a nice blog post….i was searching for something like that.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to add Botswana and Namibia to my Calander, but it is not available in the selection… Any ideas?

  • I was just thinking about Holidays and you’ve really helped out. Thanks!

  • Wow, I never knew that Holidays to Outlook 2007 Calendar. That’s pretty interesting…

  • Anonymous

    I followed the instructions and the holidays didn’t add up although it said that the holidays were added successfully.
    I tried to do it again and it gave me the same message that the holidays were added successfully but it doesn’t show.
    What can I do?

  • Anonymous

    Just what I needed. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Worked instantly. Thank you so much!!

  • Anonymous

    Amazing instruction. Simple and easy.
    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know the registry entries that are changed or created when holidays are added…I need to enabled them for multiple users.

  • Sorry to say I don’t, I’m not an admin.

  • Anonymous

    Do you know how I can enable the holidays in Outlook 2007 to show for all the users in my AD/Exhange 2003 network?

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