Google Calendar Review

A Full Review of Google Calendar, a Free Online Calendar Website

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Google Calendar (4 Days View).

Google Calendar is an impressive free online calendar that let's you easily keep track of your events and share the calendar with your family, friends, or co-workers.

In addition to the calendar, you can use Google Calendar to set up reminders and send invitations, as well as keep track of RSVPs.

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Sharing With Google Calendar

One of the main advantages of using the Google Calendar is that it's just so easy to share.

I personally use Google Calendar and I share it with my husband where we keep track of meetings, appointments, birthdays, and whatever else we need to put on there.

Google Calendar can easily be accessed and updated by whoever has permission to access your calendar. You can have multiple calendars and you can share none, some, or all of them. This is really helpful if you would like to have a personal calendar but also a work or family calendar that's shared with others.

You can share a calendar by going into the settings and deciding to make it public or to share it with specific people by entering their email address. If you do make the calendar public, you can share the ICS file for the calendar as well as get an HTML link that lets others see your calendar right in their web browser.

Google Calendar Is Easy to Use

You don't need a manual to get started with Google Calendar, just click on a day and start typing to add events.

You can view the calendar by day, week, or month depending on your preference, and all views are easy to use. There's also a way to view your calendars by just four days at once and as an agenda, which is just a list of all the upcoming events.

More Information on Google Calendar

Here are some more details on Google Calendar:

  • Since it's web-based, you can access Google Calendar from anywhere. You can even view a read-only version of your calendar if you don't have internet access - see how with Google's support article
  • If you already have a Google account that you use with other Google services like YouTube or Gmail, you already have the login information necessary to start using Google Calendar
  • Even though multiple calendars can be overlayed on top of one another, differentiating between their events at a glance is really easy because each calendar can be a different color
  • Toggling a calendar off is as simple as one click. The calendar isn't deleted but is instead just hidden
  • Google Calendar is also available on iPhone and Android phones. Download the app here
  • You can also use Google Calendar to send invitations and then collect RSVPs via the calendar or from your email
  • Reminders can be set up for events and then be texted messaged or emailed to you
  • It's easy to sync Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal, and other similar programs
  • Weather icons based on your location can be toggled on. It will display a small weather icon for today and the a few days later on in the week
  • The day the week starts on can be changed through the settings
  • You can print a specific range of events as well as export that range to PDF
  • Experiemental features like a year view, background image, automatic event declining, and more can be added to your Google Calendar through Google Calendar Labs

What I Think About Google Calendar

I love Google Calendar. When it comes down to it, this is the online calendar I choose to use. It may not be the flashiest, or have the most bells and whistles, but it's the easiest to use and most reliable online calendar that I've come across.

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