How to Create a Calendar in Google Docs


This wikiHow teaches you how to make a calendar in Google Docs. You can create a calendar manually by using a table, or you can use a Google template.

Part 1
Using a Table

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//docs.google.com/document in a web browser. This will open the Google Docs site if you're logged in with your Google account. If you aren't logged into your Google account, you'll be prompted to sign in with your Google email address and password first.

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It's on the far-left side of the "Start a new document" row of options near the top of the page. Doing so opens a new Google Doc template.

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Type in the name of the month for which you're creating the calendar, then press ↵ Enter. This will ensure that the month's name is above the calendar.

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It's the menu bar at the top of the Google Docs web page.

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This displays a grid to the right that allows you to highlight and select the size of the table you want to create.

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It's at the top of the Table drop-down menu. Selecting this option prompts a pop-out window with a grid of cubes.

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Move your mouse cursor to select seven cubes at the top of the pop-out window, then move the cursor down at least six spaces. Once you have a seven-by-six grid highlighted in blue, click your mouse to insert the table. Depending on the month, you may need seven rows instead of six (e.g., if the first of the month is on a Thursday, a Friday, or a Saturday).

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In the top row of your calendar, type in the weekday names. For example, you would put "Sunday" in the top-left box, "Monday" in the box immediately to the right, and so on. To save time, after you type the days of the week in the top row, copy the entire row and paste it in each subsequent row.

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Type in the day numbers for each box below the day of the week.

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To resize the rows and columns, click and drag the black lines below, and to the left and right of each cell. Make sure each cell is large enough to fit the day of the week, date, and any events you want to include. Resizing the calendar will also make sure that the numbers are in the upper-left corners of their respective cells.

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When you’re done inserting tables for the remaining 11 months, you will have a table for each month in the year.

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Tinker with what you can do to customize your calendar. Some common options include the following: Try using bold text on the days of the week or date. Try using a smaller font to list any events. Try using a large bold font to list the month names. Try changing the colors of individual boxes, columns, or rows by right-clicking the cell you want to change. Then click Table, then click Table properties, and changing the Cell background color value.

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When you’re done with your calendar, you can close the tab or window that it's in. You'll be able to open it again from the Docs page, as well as from your Google Drive page.

Part 2
Using Template Gallery

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//docs.google.com/document/ in a web browser. This will open the Google Docs site if you're logged in with your Google account. If you aren't logged into your Google account, you'll be prompted to sign in with your Google email address and password first.

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It's on the far-left side of the "Start a new document" row of options near the top of the page. Doing so opens a new Google Doc template.

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You'll find this option in the row of tabs above the blank document. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.

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It's near the top of the drop-down menu.

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The search bar is in the top-right corner of the Add-Ons window.

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You'll see Template Gallery at the top of the results page; clicking + FREE to the right of it will begin installing this add-on.

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Click the account you want to use in the pop-up window. If you're only signed in on one Google account, you may not see this step.

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This will install Template Gallery.

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Doing so prompts a drop-down menu. You should now see Template Gallery listed here.

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This will cause a pop-out menu to appear.

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It's at the top of the pop-out menu.

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You'll find this option on the right side of the Templates window.

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Click a calendar template that you want to use. Doing so opens the template's page.

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It's on the right side of the template's page. Clicking this will add the calendar document to your Google Drive.

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It's in the same place that the Copy to Google Drive button was in. Doing so opens the calendar template.

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Your selected template should use the current year to generate the calendar, giving you an accurate 12-month calendar on which you can add information. You can access this calendar at any time by opening it from Google Drive.