How to Get Google Calendar on Your Windows Desktop

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Google Calendar is one of the most common cloud-based calendar systems used by millions of people across the world. However, sometimes you may want to access your Google Calendar from the Windows desktop.

There are a few easy ways to do this. One is simply to sync your Google Calendar with the default Windows Desktop Calendar app. Other ways are to sync Google Calendar with a variety of Windows desktop calendar apps you may use instead.

How to Sync Google Calendar With the Windows Calendar Desktop App

The easiest way to get your Google Calendar information is by syncing it with your Windows Calendar.

  1. Select the Start menu and type "Calendar," then select the Calendar app.

    Screenshot of opening the Windows Calendar app
  2. When Windows Calendar opens, select the gear icon at the lower left to open Calendar settings. In the settings menu, select Manage Accounts > Add account.

    Screenshot of Manage Accounts in Windows Calendar
  3. In the Add an account window, select Google.

    Screenshot of the Add an account window in Windows Calendar
  4. You'll be prompted to sign into your Google account. Enter the Name and Password for your Google account.

    Screenshot of signing into your Google Account from Windows Calendar
  5. Approve access for Windows to access your Google Account.

    Screenshot of Windows permission to access Google Account
  6. Once you're done syncing your Google Calendar account with Windows Calendar, you'll see all of the events and other items from your Google Calendar agenda displayed inside your Windows Calendar.

    Screenshot of Windows Calendar synced with your Google Account
  7. Once you've synced your Google Calendar account, you can also add, delete, or edit existing Google Calendar events from inside Windows Calendar.

    Screenshot of editing a Google Calendar event in Windows Calendar

How to Sync Outlook With Google Calendar on Desktop

If the desktop calendar you use is Outlook rather than Windows Calendar, you can easily sync your Google Calendar with your Outlook desktop app.

Doing this allows you to see all of your Google Calendar events and agenda from inside your Outlook calendar.

  1. Open Outlook, then select the calendar icon in the lower left corner to open the Outlook calendar.

    Screenshot of accessing the Outlook calendar
  2. Select Home > Open Calendar > From Internet.

    Screenshot of accessing Internet calendars from Outlook calendar
  3. You'll need the shared calendar link from Google Calendar in the next window, so open Google Calendar and select the three dots icon next to the calendar you want to share.

  4. Select Settings and sharing, scroll down to the Customize section, and copy the "Secret address in iCal format" link.

    Screenshot of copying the iCal link in Google Calendar
  5. Back in the Outlook calendar window, paste the iCal link you copied into the New Internet Calendar Subscription field and select OK.

    Screenshot of pasting ics calendar link in Outlook
  6. Once you're done, Outlook calendar will sync with your Google Calendar account and display all of your events and appointments.

    Screenshot of Outlook calendar synced with Google Calendar

One difference between syncing with Windows Calendar and with Outlook is that the iCal with Outlook is read-only. So you can see all events, but you won't be able to create or edit any new Google Calendar events.

How to Add Google Calendar Widget to Google Chrome

If you use the Google Chrome browser more than any other desktop app, it would make sense to access Google Calendar there rather than any other desktop app.

Accessing your Google Calendar from Chrome is as simple as installing the Google Calendar Chrome extension. Adding Google Calendar to Chrome is especially convenient because you don't have to open another desktop application to see your Google Calendar information on your desktop.

  1. Open Google Chrome and log into your Google account.

  2. Find Google Calendar in the Chrome Web Store and install the extension.

  3. Once you add the extension, select the Google Calendar icon at the top of the browser to view your day's agenda from Google Calendar.

    Screenshot of the Chrome Google Calendar addon
  4. The Google Calendar extension isn't just read-only. Select the + to add a new event to your Google Calendar.

    Screenshot of adding a Google Calendar event in Chrome