How to Create My Own 15-Minute Increment Calendar in Outlook

by David Weedmark

At its default settings, Microsoft Outlook 2013 uses 30-minute increments for calendar appointments. If you have a busy schedule, or if you have meetings or classes that don't fall neatly into half-hour time slots, you can change the Outlook Calendar to display 15-minute increments instead. For really tight schedules, you can even use 10-, 6- and 5-minute increments.

Open Outlook Calendar.

Launch Outlook 2013 and open the Outlook Calendar by clicking the "Calendar" icon. At its default settings, Outlook displays a monthly view of your calendar with 30-minute increments.


Click the "View" menu and select the "Day," "Work Week" or "Schedule" option in the Ribbon's Arrangement group. Any of these views can display 15-minute calendar increments.

Select the

Click the "View" menu again, then click the "Time Scale" option. Select "15 Minutes" from the drop-down menu.

Calendar displays 15-minute increments.

Enter your appointments as you normally would. Simply double-click any time period and enter the event details. The displays appointments in 15-minute increments.

The Month view keeps 15-minute appointments intact.

Change your calendar view at any time after entering your appointments. Even when you are looking at a monthly calendar, or a daily calendar set in hourly increments, the 15-minute appointments remain intact and unchanged.


  • check To reset your calendar to Outlook's default view settings, select "Reset View" from the View tab.

About the Author

A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses and governments on technology, media and marketing for more than 20 years. He has taught computer science at Algonquin College, has started three successful businesses, and has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines throughout Canada and the United States.

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