Hi, I also am having this problem. I really don't understand this IMAP malarky. I am not dumb but some-things I shy away from, I know my gmail account likes to use it on my android phone and that's about it.
Anyway, I have a Gmail account as default on my new installed Office 2013, all syncs wonderfully. except calendar (which I understand to be a different *HUGE* can of worms) but this not be able to use colour to categorize my email is ANNOYING.
I can categorize one colour, red, otherwise the right click clears it.
I used all the default settings when asked for email account details, I suppose it does not *need* to sync everytime if that would solve the problem.......
Please an idiots guide.
Google calendars don't sync with Outlook. You can link using an ICS calendar file but it's not synced and can't be edited.
Color categories can be added to messages - see http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/outlook-categories-flags-and-imap-accounts/ for the necessary steps. Flags are limited to the red flag only.
You may need to "Upgrade" your data file to use catagories.
In outlook 2013 right click your email account you want to upgrade
go to Data File Properties
at the bottom of the window there is a "Upgrade to Color Categories.." button.
- Proposed as answer by David H BEng Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:24 AM
I had the same issue. I finally decided to uninstall Outlook 2013 (which was originally installed as IMAP) and reinstalled Outlook 2013 using pop server. My color categories then came alive however my calendar did not sync with Google calendar. After some research I decided to give gSyncit a try and it has worked marvelously well. I originally used the free version of gSyncit but it limits the amount of data which gets synced. The paid version works very, very well and runs smoothly in the background. Though it is shameful that we have to purchase this third party software to sync Outlook 2013 with Google, it's great to have Outlook functioning fully again.
As an aside, sometimes (not very often) gSyncit does not turn on in the background by itself when I boot up my computer so I've had to turn it on manually. Not sure what this is about but fortunately it only occurs once in a blue moon.
- Proposed as answer by Rovering Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:48 PM
The old google calendar sync utility still works and works with Outlook 2013, but gsyncit is much better IMHO.
update: the google calendar sync utility will stop working Aug 1 2014. Use gSyncit or another utility.
Many thanks for your tips, categorisation is a very helpful tool that I have been missing in outlook 2013.
I've followed the instructions from this and your previous thread, however, I now have 2 calendars 'Calendar' - which works with categories and 'Calendar - this computer only' that does not.
This addresses the calendar issue, but I'd also like to categorise email. There are now 2 email accounts - my normal email plus outlook data file account. There are no emails in the data file account folders and I'm unable to categorise the original email account.
Can you advise how to resolve?
Thank you in advance
The categories you assign won't sync to the server and be visible on other computers, but you can use either keyboard shortcuts to assign categories or a small macro to bring up the category dialog and assign them for messages on this computer.
This works on selected mail - add a button for it to the ribbon -
Public Sub CategorizeIMAP()
Dim objItem As Outlook.MailItem
Set objItem = Application.ActiveExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
Set objItem = Nothing
http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/outlook-categories-flags-and-imap-accounts/ has more information and a macro that works for open or selected items.
I have a problem, My categories worked well on Windows 8. If created a category, and then a group within that category , the categories were the same and if I save a new person into the group they automatically went into the category list. When I updated to Widows10 and then tried to enter more into the group , there normally categories were not listed and they did not go into the category. Example formed a category H5. Then in H5 I formed a group H5, when I added a new name to that category it went into the overall H5. If I had 40 names in H5, I had 40 names in Group H5. when I emailed a letter to a group in CC I put in H% and all the addresses in that group was emailed. I updated to Windows 10. Though I have added more to Group H5 they do not go into the category H5 and also the new ones are not posted out. There seems no connection with the files and category I had with the W8 information and W10 information