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Recreating the Birthday Calendar

Apparently, somehow at some point I’ve deleted the Birthday Calendar from Outlook.

How do I get it back?

Birthdays buttonActually, Outlook itself doesn’t have a Birthday Calendar as birthdays are automatically placed in your main Calendar when you enter this information for a contact.

However, when you are using an Office 365 Exchange Online, Outlook.com or Exchange 2016 account, then you can indeed have an additional Birthday Calendar since web versions of Outlook don’t place birthdays for contacts in the main Calendar folder but in a separate Birthday Calendar folder.

While getting rid of this calendar is as easy as selecting it in Outlook and pressing Delete, recreating it is a bit harder, but not by much.

Note: In Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016, deleting an Outlook.com Calendar via a right click is not possible when it is configured as an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) account. You can then still delete it via the Outlook.com Calendar website.

Recreate the Birthday Calendar online

The easiest way to recreate your Birthday Calendar folder is by logging on to the website of your Office 365 Exchange Online, Outlook.com or Outlook on the Web (OWA) mailbox provided by your company. Once logged on, click on the launcher icon in the top left corner and select your Calendar from the drop-down menu.

Press the launcher button in the left to corner to reveal the Mail, Calendar, People, OneDrive and even more modules.

Once you are in your Calendar, press the “Add calendar” button at the top and choose: Birthday calendar.

Adding a Birthday Calendar to Outlook.com or OWA.

After you created the Birthday Calendar, it will automatically get added to Outlook on the desktop again after a few minutes or once you restart Outlook.

Outlook.com calendar in Outlook

Outlook.com accounts that have not yet been migrated

When your Outlook.com account hasn’t been migrated yet to the new Outlook.com platform, then you’ll need to press the little down arrow next to the New button and select: Birthday Calendar.

Creating a new Birthday Calendar on Outlook.com

For these not-yet-migrated Outlook.com accounts, a new page will open which allows you to set various visual settings and notification options such as where reminders should be displayed or sent to.


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