Use the Calendar App
Your Windows computer comes with a default calendar that lets you connect a Google account in addition to other types of calendars. If you’re using the Calendar application for the first time on Windows, follow the prompts to get set up. If you already use Calendar on Windows, follow these steps to connect your Google Calendar.
- Open the Calendar app and click the Settings button (gear icon) on the lower left.
- Select Manage Accounts in the right-hand sidebar that appears.
- Choose Add Account and then pick Google.
- Sign into your Google Account.
- Once you successfully connect to your Google account, you’ll see a confirmation message. Click Done in that window.
You can then close the Settings sidebar and head back to the Calendar. Click the Expand button on the top left of the app to open the sidebar. You’ll see the Google account you just added, so make sure to check the box next to it.
Use the Microsoft Outlook App
Maybe you prefer to use the calendar in Outlook on your Windows computer. If so, you can add your Google Calendar to it. You’ll need to start by grabbing a link to your calendar in iCal format from the Google Calendar website. So, head to Google Calendar online, sign in, and then follow these steps.
- In the left-hand sidebar, click the Options button (three dots) next to your calendar and pick Settings and sharing.
- On the next screen, scroll down to the Integrate calendar section.
- Copy the link in the Secret address in iCal format box.
- Open Outlook on your computer and select the Calendar with the button at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar.
- Click the Home tab and then Add in the ribbon.
- Choose From Internet.
- When the small window pops open, paste in your iCal link and click OK.
- Confirm you want to connect the calendar by clicking Yes.
Now, when you expand the left-hand sidebar in Outlook’s calendar section, you should see your Google Calendar account. Check the box next to it to view your Google Calendar alongside your other calendars. Learn more about syncing Google Calendar with Outlook.
Get Google Calendar on Mac
If you’re a Mac user, you can put Google Calendar on your desktop quite easily.
Use the Calendar App
Apple’s Calendar app is the most obvious and easiest for accessing Google Calendar. If you’re using Calendar for the first time on your Mac, follow the prompts for a fresh start. If you already use Calendar, follow these steps to set up your Google Calendar in it.
- Open the Calendar app and then click Calendar > Accounts from the menu bar.
- Choose your account type, which would be Google for your Google Calendar.
- When you see the pop-up message instructing you to complete the process on the web, click Open Browser.
- Sign into your Google account.
- Once you successfully connect to your Google account, you’ll receive a prompt to pick the apps you want to use for it. Check the box next to Calendar and optionally others, if you like.
- Click Done.
You can then close the Internet Accounts window and head back to Calendar. Click the Calendars button at the top of the app and you’ll see the Google account you just added in the sidebar. Just make sure to check the box next to it and you’re set!
Get Google Calendar on Either Platform
As you can see, connecting Google Calendar to your computer’s default calendar is the simplest way to get Google Calendar on your desktop. But there are a few other options you might consider.
Use a Browser Extension
While this method doesn’t technically put Google Calendar on your desktop per se, you can still access it without going to the actual website. Checker Plus for Google Calendar is a terrific free browser extension that works with both Firefox and Chrome. Once you install the Google Calendar add-on you can simply click the handy button in your browser’s toolbar. You can search your active calendars, quickly add an event, and change your view from agenda or list to day, week, or month. Google Calendar for Chrome is another convenient extension. This tool obviously only works with Chrome, but once you install it, you can see what you have on your agenda for the day with the toolbar button. And you can add events with the plus button at the top.
Use a Desktop Shortcut
One more way to get Google Calendar on your desktop is with a simple shortcut. This method also works on both Windows and Mac.
- Open Google Calendar in Chrome and sign in.
- Click the Customize and Control button on the top right of the Chrome window.
- Select More Tools > Create Shortcut.
- Name your shortcut and click Create.
- Then navigate to the spot holding your shortcut and drag it to your desktop.
To use the shortcut, double-click and you’ll go right to Google Calendar using your default browser.
Get Your Google Calendar
Google Calendar may not currently have a desktop app that you can download and use. But with these options, you don’t need one! Which method for putting Google Calendar on your desktop do you plan to use? Let us know! If you like using a computer, PC or Mac, you might find it hard to get your calendar to be always on your desktop without having to open and close the application all the time. Calendars are an important part of someone’s life that likes to stay organized and be productive. They make an individual be effective with his or her time. By having a calendar on your desktop that you can glance at from time to time to check your schedule, you can reduce the time spent from having to open and close the app or browser whenever you want to add, edit, review or delete calendar entries. There are multiple methods that let’s you display your calendar on your desktop. Depending on your operating system you will have to take different steps to complete the process. Furthermore, if the operating system or the calendar app updates, you may have to restart the process from scratch or take additional steps to add it again to desktop. The methods shown below are subject to change over time.
Have Your Calendar as Desktop Wallpaper
If you want to have a quick access to a calendar daily, you can always make it into a wallpaper and place it on your desktop. Depending on your operating, Windows, macOS, Linux, the process may differ.
To make a custom calendar wallpaper for your Windows desktop is quite easy. Open your favourite calendar app an place it wherever you have a clear view of it. Next step is to take a screenshot. Press Windows key + Print Screen and will automatically capture the entire screen. The screenshot will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder. This way you can create a custom wallpaper for each month. To choose a new wallpaper in Windows, right-click your desktop and choose “Personalize”. Click the “Browse” button to search your custom made calendar wallpaper. After you chose it, hit “Save Changes” and your done.
To create a clean calendar wallpaper on the Mac, first of all, have a desktop without files or folders. Then open the calendar app, place the window where you like and select the month you want. To create a screenshot in macOS, press cmd key + Shift key + 3 key and the screen automatically will be captured. The screenshot can be found on Desktop or in Finder > Desktop folder. To choose a new wallpaper in Mac, click > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver. In the Desktop tab, click on the + button if you want to add a new folder where your calendar wallpapers or or just place your screenshots in one of the existing folders.
In Linux, to make a screenshot with your calendar as a wallpaper is pretty straightforward. After you’ve open and placed the calendar app where you like just hit the PrtSc(Print Screen) button on your keyboard and the screenshot will be saved in the “Pictures” directory.
Open Calendar at Login
It’s convenient to have your calendar app open when you login into your computer. Depending on the operating system you are using, you will have to follow different steps.
Create a shortcut for your calendar app on the desktop. Press Windows key + R key and type
shell:startup which will open the “Startup” folder. Drag and drop or copy/paste the calendar shortcut in the “Startup” folder and your done.
Open “Settings” and select “Apps” from left panel. Go to “Startup” and you will see a list with all the apps installed. Click the toggle next to the calendar app to turn in on. In this way your app will open at login.
In order for the Mac calendar app to start at login it first needs to be open or present in the Dock. If your calendar app is not present there then to “Application” folder and open or drag and drop the app on to the Dock. Right-click on calendar app in the Dock and hover “Options” and check “Open at login”.
Have Shortcuts to Your Desktop Calendar
It’s convenient to have shortcuts to any app especially one that you are using daily such as the calendar to check your schedule for events, appointments or other plans. A shortcut gives you quick access. To create a shortcut for any app differs depending on the operating system you are using.
Windows 10 & 11
To create a shortcut in Windows 10 for your calendar app right-click the .exe hover New and choose Shortcut. In Windows 11 in order to create a shortcut right-click the .exe and chooder “Show More Options”. If you want the shortcut to appear on desktop hover Send to and choose “Desktop(create shortcut)” otherwise choose “Create shortcut” which will create a shortcut in current folder.
If you like using Google Calendar or other browser calendar app you can create an easy shortcut using Chrome. Click on ⋮ hover “More Tools” and choose “Create Shortcut…”
In Firefox creating a shortcut, for your fitness calendar for example, can be done using two methods.
- First method is using the padlock icon near the url. While the calendar web app is open press and hold the padlock and drag and drop it on desktop thus creating a shortcut.
- Second method is using the Bookmark feature. You can create a shortcut by dragging and dropping a bookmark.
To create a shortcut using the Safari browser you just have to drag and drop the URL bar onto the Mac desktop screen.
Have Browser Bookmarks For Your Calendar
If you’re spending most of your time in a browser it’s normal to use bookmarks to quickly view your calendar. In this way you can easily go to your toolbar and check your schedule for events, appointments or other plans you may have later that day. By having your calendar made as a bookmark you don’t have to make a shortcut to your app or transform it into a wallpaper. Depending on the browser you are using, you will have to follow different steps to create a bookmark.
Go to your calendar web application of your choice and click on the star icon placed on the right corner of URL(address) bar. After clicking on the icon you can specify the name you want for your bookmark and you can choose the folder where you want it to be saved. You can also press Ctrl + D on Windows or press Command + D on Mac.
It’s the same process as in Chrome, just click on the star icon after you open your calendar. Ctrl + D on Windows or Command + D on Mac work also in Firefox.
To add a bookmark in Safari, hover the URL(address) bar and ⊕ button will appear in left corner. Press and hold for a two seconds and a dropdown will appear and choose “Bookmarks”.
Just as in Chrome or Firefox, to bookmark a calendar website or web application you can use the star icon on right side of the address bar or just use the Ctrl + D on Windows or Command + D on Mac.
Use Calendar Extensions or Widgets
Depending on the operating system, you can install Desktop extensions, widgets or just use the ones built-in. On Windows you can get calendar widgets that are packed with features. Depending on the version of macOS, you can use the Notification Center feature to add or remove calendar widgets. There are several great widgets and extension you can use to help you stay organized and be productive.
- Rainlender is a customizable calendar app available for Windows or Mac that stays out of your way but keeps all your important events and tasks always visible on your desktop.
- Google Calendar – If you don’t like using a browser for your Google Calendar, you can use third-party apps.
- Microsoft Outlook Calendar – If you already have Microsoft Office suite installed, you can use the Outlook Calendar.
- Yahoo Calendar – If you like using Yahoo services or products, you can always use the Yahoo Calendar and sync your account with any operating system.
- Apple Calendar – The Apple Calendar is a built-in macOS application that you can use as it is or from the Notification Center.
Calendars are essential if you want to be a more productive and effective individual. However, one issue users may have is being able to get your calendar on your desktop. Placing your calendar on your desktop eliminates the need to continually open and close the app or copy and paste your calendar’s URL into your browser whenever you need to review or edit your entries. While placing your calendar on your desktop won’t add hours to your day — it can shave off a couple of minutes. For extremely busy bees — that will add up over time. More importantly, it just makes your life easier. There’s no need to jump through hoops to glance at your schedule — you want to supercharge your schedule and now you can. If you’ve ever wanted to get your calendar to be displayed on your desktop, here are four methods that you should try. It doesn’t matter which specific calendar you use. Note that every operating system has different methods of completing this process. What’s more, the exact process may change when the system is upgraded. But, we feel these techniques have, and will, stand the test of time.
Browser Bookmarks for Desktop Calendar
A bookmark may be precisely what you’re looking for. It’s probably the quickest and most straightforward way to access your calendar right from your toolbar. This little bookmark may help you find your past appointments if you lose those, as well. Whenever you need to open your calendar, you’ll need to click the bookmark. Also, it prevents your desktop from getting too cluttered with icons. Chrome
- Open your calendar’s web browser and click the star in the address bar. It’s all the way over to the right next to the zoom icon.
- When the pop up appears, change the name if you want and make sure the Folder is set to “Bookmarks bar.” Hit done when you’re finished and you’re all set.
- If that doesn’t work for some reason, you can also bookmark your calendar’s page by using Chrome’s menu button. The Chrome menu button is the icon with the three dots found all the way to the right of your address bar. Scroll down to “Bookmarks” and select “Bookmark this page.”
- Click and the “Add” button — this is found on the left side of the address and search box. Make sure that you hold it for a couple of seconds.
- Then, choose your calendar’s bookmarks folder from the list provided.
- Like Chrome, locate the star icon in your address bar and add your calendar’s page as a new bookmark.
- Or as with Chrome, click on the three dots and choose the “Bookmark this page” option.
Internet Explorer & Edge
- Click the star icon in your browser window to open the Favorites Drop-down Menu.
- Next, tap on the triangle — this can be found on the right side of the “Add to Favorites” tab in the menu. Then, if you want the link to appear in a folder, select “Add to Favorites.” If not, then click “Add to Favorites bar.” Now the link will appear whenever you visit the “Favorites” menu.
Create a Shortcut for your Desktop Calendar
Alternatively, you can create a shortcut to your calendar on your desktop. While this varies from across operating systems, it’s usually pretty straightforward. And, once created, all you have to do is to click on your calendar icon, and it will open right up. Chrome
- While in your calendar, go back to those three dots on the left side of the browser toolbar.
- Scroll down to “More tools” and then “Create shortcut.”
- Rename your calendar if you like and create the shortcut. Your calendar will now appear at the bottom of your screen. It will actually be visible all the time, so you don’t even need to close any windows to access your calendar.
- Open up your calendar’s browser and reduce the web browser window size — you want to see the desktop.
- Next, highlight the URL that’s in the address bar and click-and-drag it onto the desktop. That’s it. You just created a desktop shortcut to your calendar.
- To rename the new shortcut, click on it and hit Enter.
- Have your calendar’s browser open and resize the window. Again, you want to be able to see your desktop.
- Click the icon that’s in the left side of the address bar.
- Hold down the button of your mouse, navigate it to the desktop, and release.
- Another option is to drag and drop your calendar from the Bookmarks menu and the Library.
Internet Explorer & Edge
- For Windows users, you can create a shortcut by opening the start button in your taskbar.
- Find your calendar app and drag it over to your desktop. To open, double-click the app.
- Or, by using Explorer, visit your calendar’s website and locate the security symbol — it should be on the left side of the site address. Now, drag the URL over to your desktop.
Make Your Calendar Your Desktop’s Wallpaper
Do you want to replace their dull desktop wallpaper with a calendar? Even better. How would you like to have your calendar open automatically whenever you launch your computer? If so, you can if using Windows or Mac OS. Windows
- Note. This process is for Windows 10 systems.
- First, create a calendar shortcut by clicking “Start.” Next, drag the “calendar live” tile to your desktop. Right-click the calendar shortcut icon and tap copy so that it’s in the clipboard.
- Now, open the startup hidden files/folder and: open/click file explorer; click view, options; click view tab; select/enable “Show hidden files, folders and drives”: select OK.
- Paste the calendar desktop shortcut to the startup folder, open file explorer and go to “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup,” and then right click and paste calendar from the clipboard.
- Finally, restart Windows, and your calendar should be on your screen.
- Select the “Finder” icon in the computer’s dock and then the “Applications” folder.
- Double-click the “iCal” application icon. Double-clicking will open the calendar application and place it onto your computer’s desktop.
- Finally, hold the “Ctrl” key and click the “iCal” dock icon. Navigate over to “Options” and click “Open at Login.” The iCal calendar app will now automatically launch on your desktop whenever the computer is turned on.
What if you don’t use the Office 365 or Apple Calendar? No worries. Most online calendars integrate with each other. So, if you use Google Calendar, it can still appear in your iCal calendar. You can export your Google Calendar to both Apple and Outlook. The same is true of all the major calendar providers like Zoho Calendar, Calendly, Cozi, Teamup, 30 Boxes, Jorte, and Yahoo Calendar.
Use a Desktop Widget or Extension
If all else fails, install a desktop widget like Rainlender, Mini Calendar, OneCalendar, or Google Calendar. They may not be packed with features. However, they do all you to view all of your online calendars right from your desktop without jumping through hoops. Alternatively, you could download a calendar extension to accompany your existing calendar.
- Google Calendar: Checker Plus or the Google above Calendar
- Microsoft Office 365 Calendar: Widgets HD
- Apple Calendar: Follow the steps listed above to place your Apple Calendar on your desktop.
- Zoho Calendar: Zoho Calendar Extension for Zoho Desk
- Yahoo Calendar: Since this built into Yahoo Mail, create a browser bookmark or shortcut.
- Calendly: Calendly: Meeting Scheduling Software
- Cozi: This family planning tool comes with a downloadable desktop icon so that everyone can easily access your account.
- ScheduleOnce: The best solution is to generate a browser bookmark or shortcut.
- Jorte Calendar: This calendar app allows you to sync your calendar so that it can be viewed and edited from your desktop
- Doodle: Because this is a web-only application, it’s easiest to create a browser bookmark or shortcut with Doodle.
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