Microsoft Outlook comes with a file named Outlook.hol that includes lists of holidays that you can import into your personal Calendar folder using the File, Options, Calendar, Add Holidays command. This makes it easy to add holidays and many users wind up importing the same group of holidays twice or adding extra holidays.
If you have holidays in a separate calendar, see Remove the Holiday or Birthday calendar from Outlook.com or Office 365 Email.
You can remove the holidays, or duplicates, using one of these methods: delete all events in the Holiday category then re-add the holidays you want added, use Instant Search to find all events with 'holiday' in the subject and group by location then delete, or to delete just the duplicates, use the Created date field to sort by date added and delete the events which have same created date.
If you added more than one set of holidays, you can group by location, then select the location group header and delete.
Search for Holidays
You can use the Search field to find holidays.
- In the Search field, type 'holiday'.
- Right-click on a field and choose Group by This Field. If you want to delete all holidays, group by the Holiday field. If you want to delete some locations but not all holidays, group by the Location field.
- Go to View tab, click Expand/Collapse menu and choose Collapse All Groups.
- Select the group name and Delete.
Delete all events in the Holiday category
You can delete all holidays then add back the holidays you need. This works especially well if you have duplicate holidays to delete.
- Switch to a List view then arrange by Category.
- Collapse the Groups to make it easier to find the category
- Select the Holiday category then press Delete.
- Go to File, Options, Calendar and click Add Holidays. Select the Locations you want to install and complete the wizard.
Sort by Created date
Use this method if you have duplicate holidays to delete from the calendar. All holidays that were added at the same time will have the same created date.
In Outlook 2010 and up:
- Switch to the View ribbon and select Change View, List
- Click View Settings then Columns
- Select Created and click Add -> to add it to the view
- Click OK to return to Outlook
- Sort by the Created date field
- The holidays that are imported together will have the same Created date
- Select the first event and hold Shift as you select the last
- Press Delete
To remove the duplicates from Outlook 2007 and older
To use the Created date method to delete duplicated appointments in Outlook 2007 and older, follow the instructions below.
- Choose View | Current View | Events to switch to the table-format Events view. All the holidays will be listed under the Recurrence: (none) group. (Outlook 2003: View | Arrange By | Current View | Events)
- Right-click any column heading, then choose Field Chooser.
- In the Field Chooser, switch from the Frequently-used fields list to Date/Time fields, and then drag the Created date to the view to add it to the fields displayed.
- Click on the Created column header to sort by that field.
- You should now see two distinct sets of holidays, each in reverse chronological order. Click on the first holiday of the set you want to delete.
- Use the scroll bar to view the last holiday of that set. Hold down the Shift key as you click on the last holiday. This selects all the holidays in that set.
- Press Delete to remove them all from the Calendar folder.
- Drag the Created column header out of the view to remove it.
While its very easy to remove duplicate Holidays and a duplicate removal utility is not necessary, if you have duplicates of other calendar appointments, one of the tools below can remove the duplicates.