9 Google Calendar Features You Aren’t Using But Should Be

Google Calendar is the king of the big men bringing order to your life. If you’re someone who needs reminders or wants an event organizer, Google’s calender is perfect for you. However, it can seem a little daunting in comparison to other calendar apps. But just because it was created by a bad-kicker doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its perks. Here are 9 different features that you aren’t currently using but should be!

Switching Between Daily and Yearly Views

Google Calendar is an online calendar application that syncs with many different devices. Each day and week in the calendar can have its own view, depending on what you want to be able to see. Individuals who don’t need to see their entire life in a year might use the daily view, whereas individuals who only want to see their month will use the yearly view. Additionally, individuals can select times that they deserve more viewing rights than others.

Customizing the Start and End of Month

Google calendars are extremely convenient, but not all of the many available options make sense for everybody. One thing that is often overlooked is the option to change the start and end date of the month. By default, days 1-30 and 31-60 are set because they are what the start date and end date would be where time zones are standard. Options in this section include “a specific day” or “the current day.” Both of these options work well for anyone with a zonal system like EST or EDT.

Customizing When and How Annotations Update

The classic calendar is the one with a date field, a time field, and nothing else. A better way to use your calendar might be by adding text or specific colors to each event. This helps you see what either needs your attention or what you’re looking forward to. You can also customize when and how annotations update. If you don’t have anything important happening today at 3pm, turn off time-based events while still seeing the times by default.

Hiding All Labels on Your Calendar (so you label everything yourself)

Google Calendar is an amazing tool to have when managing multiple schedules, but one thing that’s still missing is the ability to hide individual labels all together. In your calendar, open the cues menu and switch off all the labels in the top right corner. This will make your columns just a big white empty space so you can put whatever you’d like on it, such as events or shares.

Using One Notification Banner to Become Your Day Quick Access Panel

While it’s not impossible to manage multiple Google panels with the 5 apps, the only option for managing more than one at a time is to use the notification banner. That banner can hold 3 or 4 notifications at a time and remains on your screen even if you dismiss it. It’s also color coded so you’ll know which apps are active without seeing every icon on your phone.

Hiding or Deleting Events in Google Calendar right from your Subscriptions List

Although the default is not to show your subscription weeks or months, you can hide meetings and events from view at all times by clicking on the cog icon next to their title in your calendar list. You will also want to access this option when you are filtering subscriptions through resources such as a GTD folder, where you might want to hide stuff that doesn’t align with your project work.

Bringing Recurring Activities into a

For example, you might want to automate a monthly expense like your mortgage payment. Follow these instructions to show the timeline when this recurring expense is due twice a month: Double click on May 31st and the calendar will automatically fill in shaded text that reads: “Mortgage downpayments.” You can also look for scheduled events for the future just by clicking on the time desired.

Changing the Relative

Relative time is the function of combining events, lists and other content from different places into one space. If there are multiple calendar

, you can have a nesting approach to schedules and a rolling view of work events to help you plan your week. It’s also possible to export calendar entries for websites if you don’t want them to update. New data appears immediately with older events dropping out of view automatically.

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