by Svetlana Cheusheva, updated on
The article shows how to open and view shared calendar in Outlook on your desktop and how to import an iCal file exported from another app into your Outlook.
In the previous article, we discussed different ways to share Outlook calendar with other people. Looking from another angle - if someone shared a calendar with you, how do you open it in Outlook? There are a few methods to view a shared calendar in Outlook on your desktop:
Note. This tutorial focuses on the desktop Outlook app installed locally on your computer. If you are using Outlook on the web (OWA) or Outloook.com, the detailed instructions are here: How to open a shared calendar in Outlook Online.
When a calendar is shared within the same organization, it can be added to Outlook with a single click. Simply open the sharing invitation that your colleague sent to you and click the Accept button at the top.
The calendar will appear in your Outlook under Shared Calendars:
The process of accepting a calendar sharing invitation by an external person is a bit different, but still very much straightforward in case you use Outlook for Office 365 or has an Outlook.com account.
The shared calendar will appear under Other calendars in Outlook.com as shown in the below screenshot, or under People's calendars in Outlook on the web. In desktop Outlook, you can find it under Shared calendars.
Note. If you have problems viewing the calendar or it is shared with someone who does not have a Microsoft account, use the ICS link to open the calendar in another app. To get the link, right-click the "this URL" link at the bottom of the invitation, and then pick Copy link address (or the equivalent command) in the context menu.
Tip. If you'd like to send a calendar sharing invitation to someone within or outside your organization, please see How to share Outlook calendar.
To view a calendar that belongs to someone in your company, you do not actually need an invitation as the view level of access is given to all internal users by default (though, it can be changed by your administrator or IT persons).
Here are the steps to add a shared calendar to Outlook:
That's it! The calendar of your colleague is added to your Outlook under Shared Calendars:
If you have an ICS link to a calendar that someone else shares publicly, you can subscribe to that public calendar to view it in your Outlook and receive all updates automatically. Here's how:
In a moment, the Internet calendar will appear under Other Calendars in your Outlook:
Tip. If you are curious how to publish your Outlook calendar online, the step-by-step instructions are here: Publish calendar in Outlook on the web and Outlook.com.
In some situations, you may want to import events from your other calendar into Outlook to spare the trouble of re-creating all your appointments from scratch. Instead, you export the calendar from another app (say, Google calendar) or another Outlook account as an ICS file, and then import that file into Outlook.
Note. You are importing only a snapshot of the current events. The imported calendar won't sync, and you will not get any automatic updates.
To import an iCal file into Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016 or Outlook 2013, this is what you need to do:
Go to your Outlook calendar and, depending on your selection in the last step, you will find either a new calendar under Other calendars or all events from the .ics file imported into your existing calendar.
That's how you can open and view a shared calendar in Outlook. I thank you for reading and hope to see you on our blog next week!
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