If you’re a fan of the Kanban board method of organization like Trello or MeisterTask, give the board view in Outlook calendar a try. With a click, you can see your schedule, sticky notes, uncompleted tasks, essential files, and more.
As of this writing in September 2021, the board view is available only in the calendar on Outlook for the web. With it, you can create different boards, add what you want to each, resize or move items, and see your most important items in one handy spot.
Visit Outlook.com, sign in, and click the Calendar icon on the left as you normally would to see your schedule and events.
Using the drop-down button on the top right that displays your current calendar view, choose “Board.”
You’ll then see your default board view with a few items already placed by Microsoft to get you started. These may include your calendar, tasks, notes, and tips. The items are interactive, so you can do things like create a calendar event, mark a task complete, or jot a note.
You can add and remove items on your board to make it work best for you.
To add an item, click “Add to Board” on the top left. Click “Show All” at the bottom to see all available items. You can add things like a link, file, location, clock, and the weather.
When you select an item to add, it will appear in a blank spot on your board. Simply drag it where you’d like to place it.
To remove an item, click the three dots on the top right of it to open More Options. Then, select “Remove From Board.” Alternatively, select the item and choose “Remove From Board” in the toolbar.
You can organize your board however you like. Simply click an item you want to move, drag it to its new location on the board, and release. As you move an item, you’ll notice a faint lined background. This can help you line up your items neatly.
You can also move a group of items. Hold Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac as you click each item. You’ll see each item’s border turn blue. With them all selected, simply drag to move the group.
Additionally, you aren’t limited to using just the space you see. You can move items far to the right or down past the bottom. Just drag slowly to move an item to a location off-screen and the screen will move.
Then, to see those items, click and hold a blank spot on the board. You’ll see an outline of your board appear on the bottom right. Drag the screen until the outline shows the items you want to view.
If you want to secure your items in their spots on your board you can lock them. This prevents you from accidentally moving something. Turn on the Lock Items toggle on the top right of your board.
Many items you place on your board can be resized. So you can make things like your notes smaller and your calendar bigger. Click the three dots on the top right of the item and select “Resize” or select the item and click “Resize” in the toolbar.
Then drag a corner or edge, inward or outward to the size you want.
Some items that you add to your board offer extra options. For instance, if you display your calendar, you can select the view such as agenda, week, or month. For the clock, you can change the color and for notes you can set a due date.
Click the three dots on the top right of a board item to see all available options. Or select the item and view the options in the toolbar.
As mentioned, you can create additional boards instead of just using the Default. This is where the feature really comes in handy. You might create boards for home, work, and school, each with its own set of helpful items.
To create a board, click the Board drop-down arrow on the top right. Move your cursor to the arrow next to Board and choose “New Board.”
Give your new board a name and click “Create.”
You’ll then have a new board to arrange and customize. Use the same drop-down box at the top to quickly switch between boards.
You can edit a board you create by changing its name, or delete one you no longer need. Click the Board drop-down arrow on the top right and then the arrow next to Board. To the right of the board, click either the pencil icon to edit it or trash can icon to delete it.
Note: You cannot edit or delete the Default board.
The board view in Outlook calendar offers a useful overview of all items you want to see. Whether you want to check the weather or mark a task as complete, it’s a terrific feature.