Google Calendar Review

Learn why you should try this impressive free tool

Google Calendar is a free online calendar where you can keep track of events and share them with family, friends, or co-workers. It also lets you set up reminders, send invitations, and keep track of RSVPs.

You don't need a manual to get started. Select a day and start typing to add events. View the calendar by day, week, or month, depending on your preference. All views are easy to use. There's also a way to view only four days at once or a schedule, which is a list of upcoming events.

Highlighted events in Google Calendar

Sharing With Google Calendar

One of the main advantages of Google Calendar is its sharing abilities. Family, friends, and others can share calendars with each other to keep track of meetings, appointments, birthdays, etc.

Create multiple calendars and share none, some, or all of them. This is helpful if you want a personal calendar in addition to a work or family calendar shared with others. Anyone with access can be given permission to view and update it.

Sharing can be done from a browser or the app. Share with specific people or broadly with anyone. When you make a calendar public, you can share its ICS file, use a web page that lets others see it through a browser, and embed the calendar on another site.

Google Calendar Mobile App

Mobile users find Google's calendar app useful because it's fully available from a phone or tablet. In fact, for some, it might be their only way to access it. Of course, since the calendar lives online, you can start on your computer, update it from your phone, and view it at work.

March and April and a reminder prompt in the Google Calendar Android app

You can also get Google Calendar on your Windows desktop, via the default Calendar app or Outlook's built-in calendar.

More Information on Google Calendar

As easy as it is to use, there are tons of features:

  • Web-based; access from anywhere in a browser or app. Use the calendar offline for times when there's no internet connection.
  • If you have a Google account and use services like YouTube or Gmail, you have the login information necessary to use Google Calendar.
  • Make separate Google calendars to organize events.
  • Calendars can have unique colors to help differentiate them from items in other calendars you're displaying.
  • Add attachments to an event for all participants to access, and define a start/end time, location, and description.
  • Toggling a calendar off is as simple as one click. The calendar isn't deleted, just hidden.
  • Send invitations and collect RSVPs from the calendar or email.
  • Multiple reminders can be set for events.
  • Easily import events from iCal or CSV format.
  • Add calendars through their URL and browse common calendars to instantly see things like holidays.
  • Sync with Outlook, Apple iCal, and similar programs.
  • The week's starting day can be changed in the settings.
  • Print events for offline use.
  • Auto-add events from Gmail to stay on top of things like reservations.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to move around quickly, like to jump to any date in your calendar.
  • Customizable so that you can show and hide things like weekends, declined events, and week numbers.
  • Integrates with Google Meet.
  • Install Google Calendar add-ons to extend functionality.
  • Deleted events are stored in the trash for easy retrieval.

Google Calendar may not be the flashiest option available, but it's free (most of it), simple to use, reliable, and worth a try.

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