5 Google Calendar Tips

Google's free Calendar tool is a handy way to organize your life online, but how much time have you invested getting to know the service?

1) Use Keyboard Shortcuts

There is bunch of f Google Calendar keyboard shortcuts will help you to work more quickly.
For example, "S" goes to the "Settings" menu, "D," "W" and "M" produce day, week and month displays, "/" pulls up the search box, and "Q" brings up the "Quick add" field.

2. Add National Holidays / Create own Calender 

Google Calendar can show various national holidays.
To activate this, hit "S" for Settings, click on the "Calendars" tab, then "Browse interesting calendars."
You can now preview and subscribe to various calendars.

3. Add Tasks Into Your Calendar

While Gmail Tasks don't show up in your calendar by default, the service is simple to enable. On the left-hand side of your main calendar click on the "My calendars" menu and select "Tasks". These will now display in your calendar.

4. Use Quick Add

The "Quick add" option is a great way to speedily create events.
This sophisticated tool works best if you use the principle of "what, with who, where and when." So, "Meeting with Tom at "Venue Name" on Tuesday 2.15 p.m." is the correct way to enter info.
If you want to enter an all-day event, then don't enter a time -- just use the date. So "1/25 training day" would work in that instance.
Our favorite trick with this tool is using someone's email address to create an invite at the same time you "Quick add" the event.
This means "Meeting with email@company.com on 1/25 at 10 a.m." will generate a GCal invite for your invitee.

5. Use Calendar Search

You can hit the "/" key for a quick search, but if you want to see a list of events by venue, participants or event type, there is a more advanced way to search.
Simply select "Show search options" next to the search toolbar and you can narrow down your search by the "what," "who" and "where" fields.
This also lets you search a specific timeframe in a particular Calendar, so it's a handy option to note.


Chetan Sundarde

What's hurts more, the pain of hard work or the pain of regret?

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