Making a calendar is a must, regardless of your age, profession, and schedule.
You want to choose a schedule that works best for you and meets your own needs. That is why today we will see how to create a calendar in Microsoft Word for those who want:
- Use a Microsoft Word calendar.
- Find out how to easily personalize a calendar.
- Take control of organizing their schedule.
Whether you are a student looking to plan your semester or a married couple who could use some organization in their personal life, a calendar is a safe bet to be more productive.
Which brings us to this: What’s the best way to go when it comes to a timeline?
Paper and pencil? Calendar for smartphone? Desk calendar? Wall calendar with cars on it? Or should you create a Microsoft Word calendar?
The answer to every question lies in what is commonly referred to as personal choice.
Here’s how to create a calendar with Microsoft Word:
The steps to create a calendar with Microsoft Word are simple whether or not you are tech savvy. Just do the following:
- Open your Microsoft Word program.
- Select more templates or search for “Calendars”.
- Browse the calendar templates (I would recommend choosing the horizontal option which shows a whole month and starts on a Sunday)
- Choose your calendar selection and press’ Create ”
- Select the month and year you want to start your calendar (January 2021, for example)
- Start editing your calendar and if you need to adjust the date press Shit + Alt + Enter.
Here’s what it would look like in the screenshots:
Select more models than to search for “Calendar”.
Choose your calendar, press create.
Select your dates.
Edit! You can edit any area of your calendar that is pre-populated.
If you need to adjust your dates, you can press Shift + Alt + Enter or use the Calendar tab.
Now the easy part is done; you have your simple word calendar, but where do you go from here? Some advanced tools will allow you to legitimize your Microsoft Word calendar.
Here are the steps to take your calendar to the next level.
Customize your Word calendar
Simple customization is easy; you can change the theme, colors and fonts of your calendar as you like. If you like to color code things, or maybe you’re a bit of a font freak when it comes to your preferences, you can adjust them.
Maybe you have a red calendar for staff, a blue calendar for kids, and a green calendar for work. Or you can still have them all on the same schedule; it’s a matter of preference.
Once you have selected your colors and fonts, you can begin to fill your calendar and each placeholder. Just click on any placeholder text and start typing to replace it with your own. You can add dates this way or, some like to print the document and fill it out by hand.
Cons of Microsoft Word Calendars
Some might consider that you can only make a one-month calendar as negative; I know I do.
When it comes to creating a calendar for, say, a sales quarter, you might want to create a three-month calendar. In this case, you will need to create three different documents representing each month if you want to fill the placeholders with typed text.
If you want to print them, just print a month, press Shift + Alt + Enter, select the next month, print and repeat. The choice is yours. However, another option is to publish a Google calendar and select the date ranges you prefer.
When I was a sports coach I needed a calendar for the season with all training times, and with the season starting mid-November and ending in February, I preferred Google. I could also easily integrate a google calendar and repeat specific things like daily practice.
As stated earlier, a timeline boils down to preference. If you want to fill out the calendar manually by typing or printing and using a pen, consider creating your calendar with Microsoft Word.
The advantages of using Word are that it is simple and only takes a few minutes to create a monthly calendar. Finally, you can always save the calendar “January 2021”, then modify it for the following month and save it as “February 2021”, for example.
Anyway, I hope this article has helped!