#1: Show more months
The default calendar view shows you many things:
The appointments you have scheduled for the day(s) you have selected, your task list,
and a date picker that shows one or more months on the calendar.
If you want to show more months on the date picker,
just increase the size of that space by moving the main view to the left, or by moving
the taskpad down. I keep it with about 4 months visible, so that I can quickly look
ahead to see what the days of the week are.
#2: Go To Today
Another quick trick for the calendar: The "Today" button
on the standard toolbar will change the view back to showing today, so that if you
are browsing ahead and quickly want to get back to the current day, just click that
button on the toolbar, press Alt+O, or right click in the view and choose Today.
#3: Color-Coded Custom Calendar Appointments (shucks,
couldn't think of another "C" word for appointments)
Create an appointment and in the "Label" drop down,
select a color. When saved, the appointment will then be shaded with that color in
Outlook ships with a suggested list of what those colors
might mean (red is important, blue is business, green is personal, etc), but that
can be customized. Select the Calendar folder, and select the icon on the standard
toolbar that looks like a grid of blue/red/green boxes. Then select Edit Labels. Give
the colors any name you want, and the next time you look at the Labels drop-down on
an item, your custom text will be one of the options next to the color.