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Finding a Meeting Time that Works for Everyone with Microsoft Outlook Meeting Polls

By December 11, 2017September 16th, 2020Best Practices, Blog, Microsoft, Office 365, Office 365
Microsoft Outlook Meeting Polls guide

Trying to work through your colleagues’ availability on multiple calendars within Outlook can be a little tricky (to say the least). Whether you’re trying to line up calendars internally, send availability for future engagements, or send an invite for an important meeting, Outlook has a user-friendly feature to help simplify the process. By following these simple steps, you can use a Microsoft Outlook Meeting Poll to send a clean, professional invite to anyone you’d like.

If you don’t have the FindTime add-in installed, find it here.

Step #1: Initiating the invite

Within outlook, open a new email template.

Once opened, at the top right of the window you’ll see “new meeting poll”

Outlook new meeting poll screenshot

Step #2: Adding “attendees” to the Meeting Poll

Required attendees go on the “To” line

Optional attendees go on the “Cc” line

Once attendees are added, you’ll be able to quickly see when everyone is either available (green), tentative (yellow) or busy (red)

Outlook new meeting poll screenshot

Step #3: Selecting availability

Within the “New meeting poll”, select the duration of the meeting, time zone, date and then click on the time slots you wish to add to the invite. Once complete, hit “next” This will give you a consolidated list that will look something like this:

Outlook new meeting poll selected times

Step #4: Sending the invite

Once availability has been selected and added to the body of the email, your email will look similar to this:

Outlook new meeting poll invite screenshot

At this point, all you have to do is add the meeting details or relevant information to the email and get it out!

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Matt Dixon, PEI


  • Caroline says:

    Thanks for the explanation on getting started with FindTime. What about those outside the US that don’t use the 12 hour clock? I cannot seem to find an option to change the time display to 24 hours for the invitation. My audience will have trouble with the 12 hour system. Thanks!

    • Stephanie Hamrick says:

      Hi Carloline, can you confirm that your Office 365 settings are set to show time in the 24-hour format?

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