Recurring meetings in Outlook for Mac

I made the switch to OS X in 2009, after years on Windows. 3 months ago, I made a slight boomerang back and dropped Mail.app for Outlook for Mac, because I was sick of the lack of formatting and a few other nuances that made it difficult to work in an Exchange-based company. Today was the first time I needed to create a recurring event in the new Outlook. Here’s a little recap of my experience.

First, I created an event, opened up the Recurrence menu, and chose the “Custom…” option.

Customrecur

This presented me with 4 options: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly.

Recuroptions

I chose daily (which turned out to be the wrong choice).

Dailyrecur

And of course the meeting went out including Saturday and Sunday. I went to owa to fix it and then went back in to Outlook to see how it looked there… 

Weeklyrecur

So that’s the trick. If you want to make weekday-only recurring meetings in Outlook for Mac, choose Weekly recurrence, and select multiple days. Maybe this is second nature to folks that have been on Macs for a while, but it wasn’t intuitive to me and google didn’t return anything of value so I figured I’d throw up a post to help the next person.

6 comments

  1. Clive says:

    Thanks that’s perfect

  2. Murray says:

    Doesn’t work if you want a recurring appt each month, ideally falling on a working day. When you select monthly, you don’t get the option of selecting days.

  3. ke says:

    great tips, daily recurring include Sat. and Sun.

  4. nick says:

    Worked perfectly. Thanks for posting!

  5. Thanks, that’s a great tip!

  6. matt says:

    hugely helpful to me. I’ve been on Macs for years, but just started having to use outlook. I would never have thought of selecting “weekly” when I meant “daily but only on weekdays”.

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