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How to Avoid Windows 8.1 Metro Calendar App Collisions

The first time you bring up the Windows 8.1 Calendar app, you may think that you’re seeing double. Or triple. Assuming you have added two or more accounts into Metro Mail or Metro People, the calendars associated with those accounts came along for the ride, and any appointment that appears in both calendars shows up as two stripes on the consolidated calendar.

Fortunately, it’s easy to see what’s going on and to get rid of the duplicates. Or at least some of the duplicates. Maybe. Here’s how to re-organize your Calendar:

1

From the Metro Start screen, tap or click the Calendar tile to start it.

If this is the first time you’ve looked at the Calendar app, it may look like the one shown here with duplicate appointments.

2

Swipe from the right or hover your mouse in the upper-right corner, choose the Settings charm, and then tap or click Options.

The color-coded Options pane appears.

3

See whether two or more of your calendars have a source that overlaps. If so, turn off one of the interfering calendars.

For example, if you have two Hotmail/Outlook.com accounts, both of which have the U.S. Holidays calendar turned on, the holidays are double entries on the main calendar. By simply turning off one of the U.S. Holidays calendars, the main calendar goes back to looking somewhat normal.

Go through the calendars, one by one, and set the color coding for each calendar component to something your eyes can tolerate. When you’re done, simply tap or click outside the Options pane.

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