How to Go to Any Date Fast in Google Calendar

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Whether it's accessing your availability for that once-in-a-lifetime balloon trip in three years or recalling what you did last July that might have led to sales at work taking off, your online calendar is a valuable asset. There are many reasons you may need to quickly check dates in your calendar, and Google Calendar makes it relatively simple to jump to the day you need to review.

To reach these dates, you can click the Google Calendar's overview calendar like a telegrapher sending morse code; or you dial in the exact date you want directly.

Go to Any Date Fast in Google Calendar

To jump to any date in Google Calendar instantly:

  1. Make sure Jump to date is enabled. (See below.)
  2. Select the desired date from the Jump to date box.
    1. If you cannot see the Jump to date field,
      1. make sure the right navigation pane is visible — click the leftward arrowhead (◀︎) at the rightmost edge of Google Calendar — and
      2. make sure the Jump to date box is expanded — click the Jump to date header.
    2. Do note ​Jump to date only works with dates from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 2030; see below for an alternative that covers a larger range of dates.
  3. Click the Jump to date button.

Enable Jump to Date in Google Calendar

To add a Jump to date box to your Google Calendar:

  1. Click the Settings gear near your Google Calendar's top right corner.
  2. Now select Settings from the menu.
  3. Go to the Labs tab.
  4. Make sure Enable is selected for Jump to date.
  5. Click Save.

Go to Any Date Quickly in Google Calendar with a Year View

To quickly reach a date in Google Calendar with a yearly overview:

  1. Make sure Year View is enabled in Google Calendar. (See below.)
  2. Now make sure the right navigation pane is visible and Year View expanded.
    1. If you cannot see Year View, click the leftward pointed triangle (◀︎) on your Google Calendar's right edge.
    2. Click the Year View header if the item is collapsed.
  3. Type the year in which the date you want to open falls under Year View.
  4. Click Go (or you can also hit Enter).
  5. Click the desired day or month under Year View.

Note that Year View will always show you the Gregorian calendar, including years before 1582, when the Gregorian calendar did not yet exist and the Julian calendar was in widespread use.

Year View lets you enter year numbers from 1 to 9999.

Enable Year View in Google Calendar

To add an easily accessible year view to Google Calendar:

  1. Click the Settings gear icon () in Google Calendar.
  2. Select Settings from the menu that has appeared.
  3. Go to the Labs tab.
  4. Make sure Enable is selected for Year View.
  5. Click Save.

Jumping to Dates on Mobile Devices: Not So Easy

On Google Calendar mobile in a browser or official application, jumping to dates or getting a Year View is, alas, not so easy. However, you can always create an event for the day to which you want to jump and delete the event after its addition has taken you to the desired date.

Updated April 2016, tested with Google Calendar on the web