Outlook 2007 To Dar Bar Rant

I love the "To Do Bar" in Outlook 2007 but it has two major issues.

Number One:

MultipleCal

It will only show you items from your Default calendar.
If you have links to Internet calendars/exchange/seperate home and work calendars you will only ever see items from the default 😦 To-Do Bar

 

Number Two:

It does not display calendar items that are all day events!!!
You can see some comments about this in this MSDN blog.
Basically their argument is the to-do bar shows upcoming appointments not upcoming events!?!
This is a slightly contradictory view to the old-fashioned "Outlook Today" page in your inbox. This shows both of the calendar items and distinguishes between them by colour.
This limits the usefulness of the to-do bar as you still need to dip into the full calendar section of outlook just for quick reference.
Take a look at the MSDN blog to see other peoples niggles,like if you hover over a bold date in the navigator it should show you the events/appointments in a screen tip instead of nothing.
Hopefully they will fix this with an add-in or service pack rather than Outlook 2009

idealToDo

>>> On the left is a picture I mocked up of a slightly improved "To-Do Bar". Bear in mind that my paint.net skills aren’t what they should be and it would hopefully look a lot nicer if Microsoft ever chose to implement it. Any changes that are made should have the option of turning them on or off in the to-do bar options.

 

Petition – Hopefully, if enough people complain then MS will do something about it. As well as commenting

 

on the MSDN blog why not join this facebook group – Fix Outlook To-Do bar. Also, if you are a beta tester for the next Office version then make sure you tell them what we want!

Workaround

Instead of creating a calendar item as an all day event you would need to set a start time of 00:00 and an end time of 23:59. However this will then fill up your whole day in the calendar view and conflict with any other appointments.

While I am complaining about it …

  • it would be nice to have a digital clock and today’s date at the very top, about the same size as an appointment, similar to a gadget from the vista sidebar. I know it is highlighted on the date navigator and also on the system tray but that isn’t obvious enough for me
  • It would also be great to get this bar to undock or float on top of other windows in a semi-transparent style.

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For those of you that don’t know, I have a FaceBook page. You can access it by clicking this link
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It took me a while to find out how to get this link direct to my profile page.
If you want to find your link, follow these instructions

  1. Log in to FaceBook
  2. Go to your profile
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page (or press the "End" key on your keyboard)
  4. Click the link labelled Create a Profile Badge
  5. Underneath all the stuff about a badge should be
    Put a link to your Facebook profile on your website:
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  6. This is HTML code. If you want to just have the link in your e-mail signature or somewhere that doesn’t support HTML code then just use the target address i.e. http://www.facebook.com/people/YOUR_NAME/123456789