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Does Outlook work on Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Manufacturers and retailers often offer the current version of Office with the purchase of a new computer, sometimes with a discount. Should you purchase the new version or save your money and keep the old ...

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Using Two-factor authentication in Outlook

I thought I wrote about this a few weeks ago, right after Microsoft introduced two-step authentication at Outlook.com but I can't find it, so if it's a duplicate, sorry. :) Two-factor (or two-step) authentication is ...

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Configuring an Outlook.com account in Outlook

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How to start Outlook in safe mode

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How to use Scanpst.exe to repair Outlook data files

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Latest Tip

Color Category Field Displays only the Category Name

From the obscure bug (or is it a feature?) department:

When you turn the reading pane off or set it to the Bottom, you’ll see all of the field names, with Categories on the far right. If you move the Category field to the left of the From field, you’ll see only the category names – the category color swatch isn't displayed. This bug was introduced in Outlook 2010 but I only recently started seeing complaints about it, as users upgraded to Outlook 2013.

Category names only

You can easily trick Outlook into showing the color swatch by changing the format of either the either Importance or Reminder field to display text. (You only need to change one field to text format.)

Color Categories on the left

To make this change, right-click on the row of field names and choose View Settings, then Format Columns. Change Importance to use Text with popup list format or Reminder to use Yes/No format and the color magically returns.

use a text field instead of icons

Published November 21, 2014. Last reviewed on November 21, 2014.