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How to use the Windows 10 Calendar app

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On Windows 10, Calendar is a built-in app designed to help you manage your schedule, including meetings, reminders, appointments, and other events.

Although you may be able to find many alternative tools, the Calendar app includes all the essential features that you need to organize and stay on top of all your events. It's also compatible with most third-party calendar services. And unlike other online solutions, the app works offline, so you don't have to sign in every time you want to check your schedule, which makes it an excellent solution for anyone who needs to work from home or manage personal events.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through everything you need to know to start using the Calendar app to manage meetings, reminders, appointments, and other events.

How to add an account on Calendar

The Calendar app for Windows 10 allows you to bring and organize calendar events from many third-party services, including Outlook.com, Microsoft 365, Google, Yahoo, and Apple iCloud.

To add a new account to manage your calendar events on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click on the Settings (gear) button in the bottom-left corner.
  3. Click on Manage Accounts in the top-right corner.

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  1. Click the Add account button.Quick tip: If you already use the Mail app, the accounts will show up on this list.

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  1. Select the service that you use for calendar events. For example, Outlook.com, but you can choose from a number of services, including:
    • Outlook.com.
    • Microsoft 365 (Office 365).
    • Google (Gmail).
    • Yahoo.
    • iCloud.

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  1. (Optional) Click the Advanced setup option to add other internet mail services using POP or IMAP.
  2. Continue with the on-screen directions to finish adding the account using the account credentials.

Once you complete these steps, the events from the service you configured should start syncing on the device. You can add as many accounts as you need. If you have another personal or work account, just repeat the same steps outlined above.

Change calendar account name

When setting up a new account, the Calendar app uses the name of service as the name for the account. If you want to better identify the accounts, you can change the name to something more descriptive. For example, you can use something like "Work" or "Personal," or you can use the email address.

To change the calendar account name, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click on the Settings (gear) button in the bottom-left corner.
  3. Click on Manage Accounts in the top-right corner.

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  1. Click the account you want to add a different name.
  2. Confirm the new name.Quick tip: If you made a mistake, you could also delete the account from the same page.

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  1. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the account will be easier to identify from the left side navigation pane.

How to customize and share calendars on Calendar

After adding a new account, you have various option to customize and share each calendar.

Customize calendar

To change the color and visibility of a calendar, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Under the desired account, right-click the calendar and select a new color.

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  1. (Optional) Click the More colors option and create a new color.

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  1. (Optional) Clear the checkbox if you don't want a calendar to appear in this app.

After you complete these steps, events in the calendar will appear using the color scheme that you selected.

Share calendar

To share a calendar with other people, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Under the desired account, right-click the calendar and select the Share calendar option.

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  1. Confirm the email address of the person you want to share the calendar with and press Enter.
  2. Use the drop-down menu to decide if the person will have view or edit permissions.

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  1. Click the Share button.

Once you complete the steps, the people you invited will have access to the calendar events.

If you want to stop sharing a calendar, simply click the trash button next to the calendar you're currently sharing from the "Share this calendar" page.

Change calendar views

The Calendar app is set to display the current month of events, but depending on your lifestyle and work schedule, you have different views that you can access using the toolbar at the top of the app.

For instance, you can change views to show a single day, week, month, or year. If you hover over the Day and Week options, you'll notice a drop-down menu to use the multi-day view or switch to view only your workweek.

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Although you won't likely use the Year option frequently, it's a good option that you can use to quickly jump to a specific day or month.

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In addition, on the top left side, you'll find a search box that you can use to find events in your calendars, and the arrow buttons are handy to navigate days, weeks, months, or years depending on the current view.

Finally, if you ever find yourself lost in the app, you can click the Today button to jump right into the current day.

How to add calendar events on Calendar

There are at least two ways to add new events to a calendar. You can do this within the app or using the date-and-time flyout menu available through the taskbar.

Create a detailed event using the app

To create a new calendar event within the app, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the New event button in the top-left corner.Quick tip: Within the app, you can also use the Ctrl + N keyboard shortcut to create a new event.

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  1. Under the "Details" section, specify a descriptive title for the event.

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  1. (Optional) Click the drop-down menu on the left and select a related icon to make it even easier to find the event.
  2. (Optional) Use the Calendar drop-down menu and select the account to which you want to save the event.
  3. Specify the physical location where the event will take place.
  4. Use the Start option to specify a start date.
  5. Use the drop-down menu on the left to select a start time.
  6. Use the End option to specify the end date.
  7. Use the drop-down menu on the left to choose an end time.
  8. (Optional) Check the All day option if the event uses the entire day.
  9. In the bottom section, add all the details about the event.
  10. (Optional) Use the Show as drop-down menu to select a visual cue, including:
    • Free.
    • Working elsewhere.
    • Tentative.
    • Busy.
    • Out of office.

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  1. Use the Reminder drop-down menu to select how long before you should receive an alert about the event. (You can use None to disable the option or select any time between 0 minutes to 1 week before the event.)
  2. Click the Save button in the top-left.

Once you complete the steps, the event will be saved in the account you specified.

You can use the steps below to schedule a repeating or group event using the Calendar app.

Create a repeating event using the app

To create a repeat calendar event, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the New event button in the top-left corner.
  3. Click the Repeat button in top-right corner.
  4. Under the "Repeat" section, use the Start option to specify the start date of the event.

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  1. Use the date drop-down menu to select how to often to repeat the event, including:
    • Daily.
    • Weekly.
    • Monthly.
    • Yearly.
  2. If you select the Weekly option, you'll also need to specify how many weeks the event should repeat and on what day of the week.Quick tip: We're using "Weekly" as an example, but if you select another option the settings will be different.
  3. Use the End option to specify the date when the event should stop repeating.
  4. Under the "Details" section, specify a descriptive title for the event.
  5. (Optional) Use the Calendar drop-down menu and select the account you want to save the event.
  6. Specify the physical location where the event will take place.
  7. Use the time drop-down menus to select the start and end times for the event.

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  1. In the bottom section, add all the details about the event.
  2. Use the Reminder drop-down menu to select how long before you should receive an alert about the event.
  3. Click the Save button in the top-left.

After you complete these steps, the event will keep repeating, depending on the schedule you specified.

Create a group event using app

If you need to schedule a meeting or organize an event, you can set up a calendar event and invite people no matter the email addresses they have.

To set up a group calendar event, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the New event button in the top-left corner.
  3. Under the "People" section, confirm the email address of the person you want to invite to the calendar event and press Enter.

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  1. Repeat step No. 3 to add more people to the event.
  2. Under the "Details" section, specify a descriptive title for the event.
  3. (Optional) Use the Calendar drop-down menu and select the account you want to save the event.
  4. Specify the physical location where the event will take place.
  5. Specify the start and end dates for the calendar event.
  6. Specify the start and end times for the event.
  7. In the bottom section, add all the details about the event.

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  1. Use the Reminder drop-down menu to select how long before you should receive an alert about the event.
  2. Click the Send button.

Once you complete these steps, the event will appear in your calendar, as well as in those of the people to which you sent the invitation. In addition, they'll also receive an email notification, which they can RSVP or decline.

Create a quick event using app

If you need to create a calendar event with minimal information, you don't need to go through many steps. To create a calendar event quickly, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click a date in the calendar to bring up event creator popup.
  3. Specify a descriptive title for the event.
  4. Clear the All day option.

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  1. Select a start and end time
  2. (Optional) Specify the physical location where the event will take place.
  3. Use the "Remind me" drop-down menu to select how long before you should receive an alert about the event.
  4. Click the Save button.

After you complete the steps, the new event will appear in the calendar you specified. You can always select the day, and clicking the event will open a page to edit, cancel, or delete the event.

Create an event using taskbar

To create a calendar event or reminder from the taskbar, use these steps:

  1. Click the time and date button in the taskbar.
  2. Select the date to schedule the new event from the calendar.
  3. Click the Show agenda option in the bottom-right corner.

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  1. Under the "Today" section, start typing the event or reminder in the text box.
  2. Click the drop-down menu on the right to select the calendar to save the new event.
  3. Specify the start and end time of the event.

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  1. Specify the location (if applicable).
  2. (Optional) Click the More details button to open the event using the Calendar app, which allows you to access more options and continue composing the event on a bigger canvas.
  3. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the event or reminder will be added to your calendar. If you want to check upcoming events or reminders for a specific day, you can do this by selecting the day from the schedule inside the time and date flyout, or by using the Calendar app.

The app also allows you to add a bunch of popular calendars to your work or personal calendar to make sure appointments will not conflict with certain holidays, sports games, or TV shows, which you can also use as reminders.

To add popular calendars to the Calendar app, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the Add calendars button in the bottom-left corner.

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  1. Select the calendar category. For example, Holiday calendars, Popular, Sports, or TV.
  2. If you selected the Holiday calendars category, you need to select your region's calendar to add it.

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  1. If you selected the TV category, choose the time zone, channel, and show you want to add to the calendar.
  2. If you selected the Sports category, choose the sport, tournament, and the team schedule you want to add to the calendar.

After you complete these steps, the events should populate in your calendar.

How to sync events on Calendar

If you added a new event from your account using the web version of the service or on another computer, and it does not appear in your calendar, you may need to sync the settings manually.

To sync events to the Calendar app, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the menu (three-dotted) button in the top-right side.
  3. Click the Sync option.

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Once you complete the steps, the events should sync to and from the cloud, and they should synchronize across devices.

How to personalize your experience on Calendar

If you work from home, or you spend a lot of time setting reminders and scheduling events, the same look and feel can get boring quickly. However, you can customize the Calendar app to make it more personal by changing the color scheme, using a dark mode, and even selecting a custom background image.

To customize the Calendar app, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the Settings (gear) button in the bottom-left side.
  3. Click on Personalization.

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  1. Under the "Colors" section, select the color scheme you want to use.
  2. Select the between the Light or Dark mode, or select the Use my Windows mode option.

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  1. Under the "Background" section, select a background for the app.

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  1. (Optional) Click the Browse button.
  2. Select a custom image.
  3. Click the Open button.

After completing the steps, the Calendar app should be a little more pleasant to use.

How to change settings on Calendar

In the Calendar app, you can also customize various parameters to adjust the experience. For instance, you can set which day should be the first day of the week, what days of the week you go to work, working hours and more.

To customize the Calendar settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the Settings (gear) button in the bottom-left side.
  3. Click on Calendar Settings.

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  1. Under the "Week" section, use the drop-down menu to select your first day of the week.

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  1. (Optional) Use the Days in Work Week option to select the days in your workweek.
  2. Under the "Working hours" section, specify the start and end of your working hours.

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  1. (Optional) Under the "Week Numbers" section, select how you want to show the week numbers in the calendar, including:
    • Off.
    • First Day of Year.
    • First Full Week.
    • First Four-Day Week.
    Quick note: When you enable this option, the week numbers will appear on the left side.
  2. (Optional) Under the "Alternate Calendars" section, check the Enable option.
  3. Select the alternate calendar, including:
    • English.
    • Japanese.
    • Chinese.
    • Arabic.
    • Persian.
    • Thai.
    • Korean.
    • Hebrew.
    • Hindi.
  4. Select the calendar type. For example, for English, options include:
    • Gregorian.
    • Hijri
    • Umm al-Qura.
    • Hebrew Lunar.
    • Saka Era.

Once you complete the steps, the Calendar app will be customized to suit your preferences.

How to change weather settings on Calendar

The Calendar app also shows the weather forecast in the calendars to make it easier to plan events. If you feel more comfortable using a different scale unit for temperature, the app allows you to change the weather settings to use Celsius or Fahrenheit.

To change the weather settings on Calendar, use these steps:

  1. Open Calendar.
  2. Click the Settings (gear) button in the bottom-left side.
  3. Click on Weather Settings.

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  1. Use the "Temperature Scale" drop-down menu and select between Celsius or Fahrenheit.

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After you complete the steps, the weather will appear with the temperature scale that you specified.

If you're working from home, in addition to using the Calendar app, you can stay even more productive using an Office 365 (Microsoft 365) subscription, which gives you access to the most popular office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and much more. Also, using a subscription you'll receive features at no extra cost, and you'll get many other benefits, such as sharing the apps with other users and 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

7 Comments
  • The app is pretty useless. I really wanted to use it, but the fact that it doesn't show events after 6 months in the future is incomprehensible... Another arbitrary decision from Microsoft that doesn't make any sense... 🙁
  • I am a Mail user but I don't love it. One reason I don't love it is what you mention: both the calendar and the email folders don't sync or aren't able to show all items from all dates. Pretty irritating. The other irritation, which seems to be shared with other MS preloaded Store apps, is that the clipboard doesn't work nicely with the rest of Windows. Often I have to try to paste something from a browser several times before it shows up in my composition. I still use Mail because I don't want or need the power and visual busyness of Outlook or other major email clients, and because it's super easy to set up for my Exchange and Google accounts. Useful article though!
  • Actually it just got a lot better for Exchange purposes lately. Now it handles event invites flawlessly. Before it was incapable of displaying invites and give replies. The mail app is also really good in calendar subscriptions such as setting it up to see all your Facebook events as well.
  • Exchange calendar stuff does work well, true. Google, not so much. Not sure how much of that is Google's conscious "be evil" strategizing, though.
  • This app is so nice to use daily in my experience. I switch regularly between my Surface and Android device depending on the task and activity of the day. What I miss in all Microsoft calendar apps is more choice in calendar layout. I've used Chronos calendar + app on Windows phone for years. Great app to further refine the visual experience and glanceability of your calendar. Microsoft's Acompli based fixed visual layout is one sided, spartan and sometimes less ideal use of space and combining certain views. Chronos + does a much better job in my view. I just hate the month view where the boxes are too small to show the whole subject text and cut this off. I often miss relevant context and have to open the item every time instead of being able to see the whole line at a glance. I think smart visuals can be greatly improved. The current visuals a very tradional, but with a little more glanceability spice the experience and usability could be improved greatly. I think a great start would be to buy the Chronos + shell app and integrate it, just like they did with Acompli.
  • So, I've been trying to add my iCloud account on Mail, People and Calendar for ages. I've got 2FA enabled for iCloud, and even creating a specific password for it, it doesn't work at all. It completes syncing just fine, but info doesn't show. Anyone?
  • I have just started using this, but I find it difficult and confusing when setting up a new online meeting. It defaults to Skype, which is not my default (Teams) and I can't determine how to change that. It was actually what I was hoping to find in the article (help?). For existing Team meetings it carries it over... Anyway, I don't like the mail app over Outlook desktop because of a weird way I like to sort my inbox and how it lists my folders, but I can't merge my Live calendar to Outlook, so now I am using the stand alone calendar app and Outlook desktop for mail... I would like to use one platform with all the features and customization, but as long as all these calendar and mail clients are managed separately it is unlikely to happen.