Monday, 25 July 2011

Thing 8: Google Calendar

Following on from last week's focus on networks, we will now have a look at organising tools to keep you sane and on top of everything!

Ever feel like this?


The problem:

You need a calendar, which can be accessed from any computer and can be shared with other people. 


The problem-solver:

Google Calendar is a free web-based calendar which can be shared with other people and accessed from anywhere with Internet connection. Events can be added quickly and viewed by day, week or month. It can also be integrated with other Google services, such as iGoogle, and embedded in web pages and blogs.


A lot of institutions already have Google Calendar on their web pages to keep their staff, students and followers up to date.  Libraries such as the Cambridge University Library (UL), are using Google Calendar to publicise opening hours and events.


How to use:

1. To create a Google Calendar, go to

2. Log in with your Google ID (or get one here and get the benefits of Gmail, iGoogle and more!).

3. Your new Google Calendar will look like this.

3. Before you add any events to your calendar, go to the left of the screen and select Settings under My Calendar and then click on the General tab.  In this General section you can change the time and date formats, plus have a mini icon of your local weather displayed and choose whether to show weekends etc.
4. Click on Save.

How to add events:

1. To add an event, click on Create event on the left of the calendar (you can also select Quick add or highlight a date on the calendar (probably the easiest)).
2. Fill in the boxes for your event and add duration, location and whether you want to have a reminder at some point before the event.
3. Click on Save and you will be taken back to the calendar with your new event visible!

Optional extras

How to share your calendar with someone else:

1. Under the My calendars section on the left side of your calendar home page, click on the drop down menu next to your e-mail address and select Share this calendar. 
2. You will be taken to the Share this calendar section.
3. Type in the e-mail address of the person you would like to share your calendar with and their details will appear automatically underneath (note: this person must also have a Google Calendar too otherwise you won't be able to share it!).
4. Set the Permission settings you would like this person to have.
5. Click on Save.
If you have an iGoogle page then add your Google calendar to it:
1. Go to your iGoogle page.
2. Click on Add Gadgets.
3. In the Search for gadgets box on the right of the screen, type in Google Calendar.

4. You want the first on the list - click on Add it now.
5. Click on Back to iGoogle and your calendar will be displayed!

Further reading

A blog on how libraries are using Google Calendar:

Using Google calendar to manage library web site hours:


  1. I'm trying to embed google calendar in my blog .I got the code and changed width and height to 150X400 pixels. Even then it doesn't fit in my blog column. Seeking help!

  2. Hi Indira,

    I've had a quick look at the source html for your blog (you can do that for any webpage using the 'view source' or 'page source' option in the View menu). It looks like you have blockquote tags around the Google Calendar code, which are probably causing it to be indented from the left of the widget box. If you have a look at the html view of the widget, and remove the <blockquote> from the beginning and </blockquote> from the end, then I think that might help!

    Do say if this doesn't make any sense - I can easily post a quick how-to with screenshots to show you in more detail.


  3. Thanks Katie, resolved the issue. Now, my Google calendar is on my blog.


  4. Excellent exercise. I have played with several online calendars, but until I gave Google another chance I had not found one that met my needs. Thanks for reintroducing iGoogle as well. Link to my post

  5. I use Google calendar in my personal e-mail account and on another blog I do and can't imagine being as effective without it. It's one of Google's best features.


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