How To Create Your Own Google Calendar:
Before we start looking at Google Calendar, you need to have an account set up with Google. If you already have an account, you can skip this section, if not, let’s get started setting up a Google account.
- Open your web browser, and head on over to www.google.com/accounts.
- On the web page, find the small box that says, “Don’t have a Google Account?” and click on the words that say, “Create an account now”.
- This will bring you to a page with a form for setting up your new account.
- Enter your email address in the first box, and type a password in the next two boxes. This should not be the password that is associated with your email account, but a unique password just for your new Google Account.
- Click the drop down list to select your location, I am in the United States, so that is what I have selected.
- Next is the Word Verification. This might seem difficult and aggravating, but it is there to make sure that a real person is setting up this account, and not a computer program. Just look at the picture and type the letters that you see in the box below the picture.
- Once you have typed your word verification, you just need to read the terms of service, and then click the button that says, “I accept. Create my account.”
Now that you have a Google account, there are all kinds of Google products available to you.
Once you have created your Google Account and logged in, you can view your basic calendar at: www.google.com/calendar
If you take a moment to explore the basic calendar page, you will see a few options right off.
First, on the top right edge of the calendar is a group of tabs that will allow you to change your view.
You can view just one day on the calendar, a single week, the whole month, four days at a time, or your upcoming events with the “Agenda” tab. Take a moment and click on each tab to see how it looks.
In addition to these tabs, you will see a small month calendar to the left of your window. Using this small calendar in addition to your tabs, you can further customize your view.
If you are using the day tab, click on any day on the small calendar to view that day.
When you are using the “Week” tab, just click on any day on the small calendar to the left and you will be able to view the entire week that contains the day you clicked on.
When you are using the “Month” tab, you can go forward or backward one month at a time using either the small calendar, or the forward and back buttons just above the large calendar.
The “4 Days” view shows you any four days in a row. This is a nice view if you want to see more than one day at a time, but the week view makes each day too small. You select which four days you want in the view by clicking on a day on the small calendar on the left. The day you click on will be the first of the four days in your view.
The “Agenda” view shows you a list of upcoming appointments and events. If you have just created your calendar, and have not added any appointments, the “Agenda” view will be blank.
Now that you are comfortable looking around on your calendar, go ahead and add an event. For example, if you have an appointment on Monday at 9am, just click on the “Monday” column in the 9am time slot and a bubble will pop up allowing you to type in the name of the event. The date and time will already be entered in the bubble depending on where you clicked, just type the name of your event or appointment and then click the “Create Event” button.
If you want to add more information than just the name of your event, or if you want to change the day or time, click on the link that says, “edit event details”.
Once you have added an event to your calendar, you can easily change or add information about the event by double clicking on it.
There is a lot more that you can do with your Google calendar, and we will explore more in my next lesson.