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Windows 7: Outlook '07 category delete

15 Oct 2011   #1

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Outlook '07 category delete

Outlook 2007/Win7

I've read

How categories and calendar labels from earlier versions are updated for Office Outlook 2007 - Outlook -

and not found an answer.

I have a large number of legacy categories from prior versions that are no longer useful. I clicked on the associated categories and deleted.

Two results do not seem logical:

1. Although the associated color for the deleted category is removed, the category name remains.

2. Go to a contact form and the category is still associated, absent color (I know I can remove the category by right clicking but that implies manually removing categories throughout hundreds of contacts).

Is there not a true category delete?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Some information about deleting categories here:
Delete a color category - Outlook -

Hope that gives some clarity for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7

Thanks, but again, as with my article, the referenced deals with colors not (batch) delete of category names both from the main listing and those previously assigned to forms.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Perhaps you could rename the category:
Rename a color category - Outlook -

Maybe you could then search for all items with in that category. Once they all appear in the search window, highlight them all and 'remove' the category from the entire batch?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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