Import or subscribe to a calendar in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

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In Outlook.com, or Outlook on the web, you can import events from an ICS file to your existing calendar, or subscribe to a calendar online and receive automatic updates (known as an ICS subscription or an iCal subscription.)

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Improvements are coming to Outlook.com; in fact, some customers are already enjoying the new Outlook.com experience. How you import or subscribe to a calendar depends on whether you've been upgraded to the new experience. For import and subscribe instructions, select the link below that matches your mailbox.

Note: If you're using Outlook on the web, follow the import or subscribe to a calendar (new experience) steps.

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You can import calendars from web sites or calendar programs that support the ICS file format, such as Apple iCal, Google Calendar, and Mozilla Lightning. You can also search for ICS calendars by searching the Internet. You can import into a new calendar or into an existing calendar.

Import into a new calendar
  1. Locate the calendar you want to add, and save it to a folder on your computer as an ICS file.

  2. In Outlook.com or Outlook on the web, go to your calendar.

  3. Click Import, and choose Import into a new calendar.

  4. Browse to and select the ICS file that you saved.

  5. Enter a name for the calendar and choose a color

  6. If you like, select a charm that will appear in every day that new events occur.

  7. Choose either Use the reminders that are already in your ICS file or Use default reminders for all your imported events. If you choose the latter, Calendar will give you a chance to review and/or change your reminders.

    Note: Event reminders can't be bulk-changed once you've imported them. You'll have to change them one at a time.

  8. Click Import.

Import into an existing calendar
  1. Locate the calendar you want to add, and save it to a folder on your computer as an ICS file.

  2. In Outlook.com or Outlook on the web, go to your calendar.

  3. Click Import, and choose Import into an existing calendar.

  4. Browse to and select the ICS file that you saved.

  5. Select which calendar you want to import into.

  6. Under Prevent duplicates, choose Only keep the new events, or Only keep the original events.

  7. Click Import into an existing calendar.

  8. In the Select which calendar list, select the calendar that you want to use.

  9. Under Prevent duplicates, choose either Only keep the new events, or Only keep the original events.

  10. Choose either Use the reminders that are already in your ICS file or Use default reminders for all your imported events. If you choose the latter, Calendar will give you a chance to review and/or change your reminders.

    Note: Event reminders can't be bulk-changed once you've imported them. You'll have to change them one at a time.

  11. Click Import.

Subscribe to an online calendar
  1. Locate the iCal that you want to subscribe to.

  2. Copy or make a note of the URL (web address) of the iCal.

  3. In Outlook.com, go to your calendar.

  4. Click Import, and then click Subscribe.

  5. In the Calendar URL box, type or copy-and-paste the web address of the iCal.

  6. Enter a name for the calendar and choose a color

  7. If you like, select a charm that will appear in every day that new events occur.

  8. Click Subscribe.

Note: Microsoft isn't responsible for the accuracy or content of any third-party calendars. We recommend you review the terms and conditions before importing or subscribing to any third-party calendars.

You can import calendars from web sites or calendar programs that support the ICS file format, such as Apple iCal, Google Calendar, and Mozilla Lightning. You can also search for ICS calendars by searching the Internet.

Import a calendar
  1. Locate the calendar you want to add, and save it to a folder on your computer as an ICS file.

  2. On the Outlook navigation bar, click the App Launcher Select the app launcher , and then click Calendar.

  3. Under the Outlook Calendar navigation bar, click the New down arrow, and click Add calendar.

    Add a calendar
  4. Click From file, click Browse, choose an .ics file, and click Open.

  5. Click the down arrow next to Calendar, and choose a calendar type from the list.

    From file
  6. Click Save.

Subscribe to a calendar
  1. On the Outlook navigation bar, click the App Launcher Select the app launcher , and then click Calendar.

  2. Under the Outlook Calendar navigation bar, click the New down arrow, and click Add calendar.

    Add a calendar
  3. Click From internet, and in the Link to the calendar box, type or copy and paste the web address of the calendar.

    Link to a calendar online
  4. In the Calendar name box, enter a name for the linked calendar.

  5. Click Save.

Note: Web sites for theaters, sports teams, and schools often have an "Add to calendar" link that you can use to download an iCal. You can also search lists of iCals at iCalShare.

Tip: Whenever events change on an iCal, Outlook.com and Outlook on the web can take more than 24 hours to update your calendar.

Difference between importing and subscribing

Importing an ICS file provides a snapshot of the events in the calendar at the time of import. Your calendar doesn't refresh the imported events automatically - even if the calendar's owner makes an update. This is a good way to add events to your existing calendar that aren't going to change, like tide tables, or phases of the moon.

Subscribing to an iCal online calendar connects it to your calendar. Whenever the owner of an iCal you've subscribed to makes changes to the events, Outlook.com or Outlook on the web updates your calendar. This is a good way to track events that change frequently, like movie times, or a school calendar.

Note: This update can take more than 24 hours.

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See Also

Welcome to Outlook.com

Using the calendar in Outlook.com

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