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Subscribe to calendars with Outlook 2000/XP/2003

With the Outlook iCal Subscriber of MarkThisDate you can use Outlook 2000, XP and 2003 to subscribe to calendars instead of downloading them once. The greatest benefit of this is that you’re always up to date with your favourite events because you can set automatic updates every 15 minutes, every day or even once a week. The iCal Subscriber comes as an add-in for Outlook. Just download and install it and enjoy the benefits of always being up to date!

1. Dowload the Outlook iCal Subscriber

First, click on the button below to download the iCal Subscriber and then follow the next steps.

System requirements:
Platform: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP of Vista
Calendar: MS Outlook 2000, XP, 2003

And further the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0. Most computers have this installed and otherwise you can download it here.

Note: This plugin may not work properly due to other software/plugins installed. We therefore cannot guarantee 100% that this plugin will work for you. Of it doesn't work, just delete it and if possible upgrade to newer versions of Outlook which allow you to subscribe to calendars like Outlook 2007.

2. Run the Outlook Add-in Setup Application

Follow the Setup Wizard

Close Outlook first. After the download has finished doubleclick the file MarkThisDateSetup-12.msi and follow the instructions. You might see a confirmation message, asking if you’re sure you want to run this software. Click ‘Run’ again.

Follow the Setup Wizard

The MarkThisDate Setup Wizard will appear and guide you through the rest of the installation.

3. Start Adding Calendars

First step is to launch Outlook. After the installation has finished, open Outlook and notice that an icon has been added to your toolbar. Now you can start subscribing to calendars.

1) The iCalendar Subscriber is added to your toolbar with an icon and called 'Subscribe to Calendar'. When you click on it, the Subscriber opens.
You can add a new calendar, see the properties of existing calendars, remove calendars or reload all calendars.
In 'Properties' you give the calendar a name, add the calendar address (beginning with http:// or webcal:// and almost always ending on .ics) and set your refresh time.
When you save/reload a calendar it will be added to your list of calendars, just check the box and the events will show.

Dashboard Screen

1) In the menu of the Subscriber you can add a new calendar with 'Add New', see the details of a selected calendar with 'Properties', remove a selected calendar or 'Reload All' calendars at once.
All calendars you add to the Subscriber are listed here. When you remove a calendar here it will not be removed from your list of calendars in Outlook. If you delete a calendar from the list of calendars in Outlook however it will also be removed from the Subscriber because this time it looks like you want to delete it permanently.

How to Add a Calendar

Adding calendar is as easy as 1-2-3. When Outlook is opened and you click on a link that starts with webcal:// the Properties screen of the Add-in will start immediately and all fields, except for the name of the calendar, will be added automatically. You can recognize webcal links most of the time because they're named 'iCal' or 'Subscribe'. You can also first try out our webcal testcalendar with weeknumbers until 2016 to see what we mean.

1) This is where you give the calendar a name. If you rename the calendar after you added it, a new calendar will be created and you can delete the old one. This is for safety reasons so you can't accidentely overwrite events.
This is the public calendar address. It starts with http:// or webcal:// and ends on .ics most of the time. If you click on webcal links while Outlook is already open this field will be automatically filled. You can also copy/paste an address here.
You can add the events to your Personal Calendar. This is necessary if you want to sync the events with your mobile phone or PDA. You can switch the calendar between your Personal Calendar and as external folder under your Personal Calendar at any time.
Set the frequency with which you want to refresh your calendar. Deafult it's set on a day and for most calendars this will be sufficient. Only if you want to follow the Wimbledon tournament for example, you will want to set it to 15 or even 5 minutes!
Tells you when your calendar was last updated and what the result of this update was.
If alarms are added to the original calendar you can choose to turn them off.
All calendars are added under Calendars as a separate calendar which you can check or uncheck.
If you're done you click on Save/Reload and the calendar will be added to your Outlook. Before you can see the events you first have to check the the box in front of your calendar.

Do you have any questions or remarks about the Outlook add-in? Please contact us.