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Pin Microsoft Outlook to the Desktop Background

Have you ever wanted to just “stick” your Outlook calendar to the desktop? For those of us with multiple monitors it makes even more sense… just having your calendar open on the second monitor at all times would be a great productivity boost.

Over the years I’ve experimented with having multiple copies of Outlook open or using desktop widgets, but nothing works quite as well as the Michael Scrivo’s Outlook Desktop tool.

This great little application sits right on your desktop and gives you a fully operational Outlook view of any folder you’d like.


You can directly interact with these windows, even add new items directly from the pinned views.


To get into the settings, you’ll need to use the new tray icon, where you can select between Outlook views or open the preferences.


If you’d like to resize or move the widget you can use the sliders found in the preferences.


You can modify the opacity of the window with the slider, although I’ve found the default to be fairly useable.


Switching to Calendar Month View

One of the things I immediately noticed was that if I’m on the daily calendar view, I can’t switch to month view easily. What you have to do is right-click the calendar and choose “Go to Date”.


Switch the drop-down menu to “Month Calendar” instead of whatever is there.


Now it will switch into Monthly calendar mode.


Note that you can go directly into the day mode by double-clicking on the day header.

Running Multiple Copies

If you’d like to show your calendar and another folder at the same time, you can launch a separate copy of the application. The application doesn’t strictly allow this, so the second copy will inherit the settings of the last one opened… which means you’d have to configure it every time you open it.


If you have a desktop that always stays on, this is a workable hack.

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  • Published 10/30/07

Comments (6)

  1. theBlaine

    This is just FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

  2. Karey

    Where’d you get the sweet mario desktop pic?

  3. The Geek

    I keep getting emails from people asking about the wallpaper… so here’s the link for everybody =)

    Awesome site… loads of cool wallpapers there.

  4. Mark Searle

    To be brutally honest, i just don’t like it. Not enough variable settings, not that great-a-feel, although a good idea in essence.

  5. Mike

    It’s a great idea, but there are several known issues when running multiple monitor setups that render the application completely useless (as an example, I am unable to click on anything in the window – all mouse clicks are passed through to the desktop). I’ve looked through the forums for the application, and no one has found a fix. Given the age of the app, I’d expect that bugs like this would have been worked out long ago.

  6. Chris

    The install is not working…can you email me it directily?

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