While this article was originally when iCloud2 was introduced many, many years ago, some of the issues raised back then remain a problem today, such as messages getting stuck in the Outbox.
- Appointment and contact notes are plain text only
- Natural language not supported in date fields
- The contact linking field is missing
- Outgoing messages are stuck in the Outbox
- iCloud error: The set of folders cannot be opened.
In some versions of Outlook and iCloud, you may be able to set iCloud data files as the default data file in Outlook. However, it is not recommended at this time and is not supported. See iCloud default data files for details.
iCloud Contacts not listed first when clicking To
If you don't see your iCloud contacts first when you click the To button, the iCloud contact folder is not set as the default list in the Address Book Options.
- Open the Address Book using the Address Book button on the Home ribbon
- Click Tools, Options
- Select iCloud in When opening the address book, show this address list first
If iCloud is not listed in the Address book drop down, you need to right click on the iCloud Contacts folder, choose Properties and enable it as an Address book. See "Contacts are missing when you click the To button" for more information.
To apply a different view to all Contact folders switch to the View tab and apply a different view to the folder:
- Select a Contacts folder not in the iCloud
- Switch to the View tab
- Expand the Change views button and select Apply current view to other folders
- Expand the iCloud entry and select the iCloud contacts folder
- Click Apply
Additional Outlook-icloud articles are listed at the end of this article, with the newest articles at the top of the list.
Appointment and Contact notes are plain text only
The Notes field in Appointments and Contacts use plain text format in iCloud. This is "by design" due to frequent complaints about the formatting getting messed up during the sync process.
Additionally, the date fields in iCloud appointments do not support natural language. You need to type the date in full short date format (2 digit year ok).
1d does not convert to tomorrow's date
12/1 converts to 12/1/2000
12/1/12 converts to 12/1/2012
The Contact linking field is missing
The contact linking field is not supported in iCloud. This is the field at the bottom of an appointment or contact that displays linked contacts. (It's turned off by default in Outlook 2007 and up and can be enabled via the Options > Contact Options dialog.)
Outgoing messages are stuck in the Outbox
Users are reporting outgoing messages getting stuck in the Outbox after installing iCloud.
There are two causes:
iCloud is marking the messages read when you look in the Outbox. You'll know the message was marked as read by the icon - its no longer a closed envelope and is the draft's paper and pen icon instead.
The solution: stop looking in the Outbox or stop using iCloud. To resend, open the message and switch to the Inbox then click Send on the message. Do not look in the Outbox.
The other cause is just a general problem with iCloud. This usually manifests after installing updates. If this is the case, there are two potential fixes:
- Disable iCloud, verify email sends correctly then re-enable it.
- Move the message from the Outbox to the drafts folder or delete it. Open it from Drafts or Deleted Items then Send again.
I tried to disable iCloud using the Outlook Trust Center but it won't let me. It keeps telling me only an Administrator can do this and I am one.
You need to close Outlook. Right click on the Outlook shortcut you use to open it and choose Run as administrator. If you don't see run as administrator, hold Shift as you right click. Now you should be able to disable it. Complete instructions (and screenshots) are available at Add-in can only be Disabled by an Administrator
iCloud error: The set of folders cannot be opened.
After upgrading Windows, you may receive the following error:
The set of folders cannot be opened. The information store could not be opened.
You need to re-sync the iCloud data file. close Outlook, open the Control panel and search for Mail. Select Data Files. Select iCloud from the list of accounts then click the Settings button. Close Outlook and reopen Outlook.
Tools in the Spotlight
|Companionlink for Outlook||CompanionLink synchronizes Outlook data with phones and other supported desktop applications and web-based services (like Google). Companionlink supports all versions of Outlook, including Outlook 2013 32-bit and 64-bit, and Windows 10. Version 9|
|CodeTwo FolderSync Addin||CodeTwo FolderSync Addin is an Outlook add-in that enables synchronization of folders. The synchronization of data will always take place between selected folders and the user can choose several pairs of folders that need synchronizing. Freeware.|
|CodeTwo Sync for iCloud||CodeTwo Sync for iCloud syncs Outlook folders with iCloud folders automatically synchronizes Outlook contacts, calendars and tasks with the iCloud data file in Outlook. CodeTwo Sync for iCloud will let you keep the iCloud and Outlook folders in sync, so you don't need to move or copy contacts and appointments between the default Outlook folders and iCloud folders. (Now Free)|
|gSyncit||gSyncit is an Outlook add-in that allows for two-way synchronization between Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google, iCloud, AOL, Fruxx, Yahoo, Memotoo and many other "DAV" enabled services. Also includes support for syncing attachments for calendar events. Works with Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 or Office 365 (Desktop Client) on Windows 7 and newer.|
|Memotoo||Backup and synchronize your personal data (contacts, calendar, files, bookmarks, etc.)with your phone, tablet and computer|
|OLMixedFolders||Your sync-software can sync only default folders of Outlook, but you need also subfolders and public folders? OLMixedFolders can synchronize any Microsoft Outlook subfolder or public folders with your Outlook default folders. It uses categories to keep in touch with the origin folder. It is possible to create elements for the linked folders directly on your mobile phone. After synchronization, the element goes to the specified folder.|
|Outlook CalDav Synchronizer||Outlook CalDav Synchronizer is a free Outlook Plugin, which synchronizes events, tasks and contacts between Outlook and Google, SOGo, Nextcloud or any other CalDAV or CardDAV server. Supported Outlook versions are Office 365, 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007.|
|SimpleSYN Mobile||SimpleSYN Mobile is the synchronization solution for synchronizing Outlook data with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Emails, appointments, contacts, notes and tasks are always up-to-date on all devices. Your Outlook data always remains local on your devices and is not stored in the cloud. On your smartphone you do not need an additional app and you can use the built-in apps. SimpleSYN Mobile syncs on the local network (WLAN) or on the way via the internet. Free 30 days trial available|
|Topalt Sync for Google and iCloud||Automatically synchronize your Outlook calendar and contacts with Google or iCloud. Access Outlook calendar and contacts on your Android phone or iPhone/iPad.|
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