Here’s exactly how to make the perfect calendar (so everyone will be annoyed by you)

Making a calendar is a must, regardless of your age, profession, and schedule. 

You want to choose a calendar that works best for you and meets your own needs. This is why today, we will be covering how to make a calendar in Microsoft Word for those who want to:

  1. Use a Microsoft Word calendar. 
  2. See how to customize a calendar easily.
  3. Take control of their calendar organization.

Whether you’re a college student looking to plan out your semester, or a married couple who could use some organization in their personal life, a calendar is a sure bet to be more productive

Which leads us to this: What is the best route to go when it comes to a calendar?

Paper and pencil? Smartphone calendar? Desk calendar? Wall calendar with cars on it? Or should you make a Microsoft Word calendar?

The answer to each question lies within something commonly referred to as personal choice.

Here’s how to make calendar with Microsoft Word:

The steps to make a calendar with Microsoft Word is simple regardless of how tech-savvy you may or may not be. Just do the following: 

  1. Open up your Microsoft Word program.
  2. Select more templates or search “Calendars.” 
  3. Browse the calendar templates (I would recommend choosing the horizontal option that displays an entire month and starts on a Sunday)
  4. Choose your calendar selection and hit “Create” ‘
  5. Select the month and year you want to start your calendar (January 2021, for example)
  6. Start editing your calendar and if you need to adjust the date, hit Shit+Alt+Enter.

What this would look like in screenshots is as follows: 

Open word. 

Select more templates than search “Calendar.”

Choose your calendar, tap create.

Select your dates.

Edit! You can edit any area on your calendar that is pre-filled.

In the event you need to adjust your dates, you can hit 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 make your Microsoft Word Calendar legit. 

Here are the steps to taking your calendar to the next level. 

Customizing your Word calendar

Simple customization is easy; you can change your calendar’s theme, colors, and fonts to your liking. If you like to color-code things, or perhaps you’re a bit of a font monster when it comes to your preference, you can adjust these. 

Perhaps you have a red calendar for personal, a blue calendar for kids, and a green calendar for work. Or you can always have them all on the same calendar; that is a matter of preference. 

After you have your colors and fonts dialed in, you can start to fill out your calendar and each placeholder. Just click any placeholder text and start typing to replace it with your own. You can add dates that way or, some like to print the document and hand fill things in. 

Negatives of Microsoft Word calendars

Some might view that you can only do a one month calendar as a negative; I know I do. 

When it comes to making a calendar for, let’s say, a sales quarter, you might want to make a three-month calendar. In this case, you would need to make three different documents representing each month if you’re going to fill in the placeholders with typed text. 

If you want to print them out, then simply print one month, hit 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 used to coach sports, I needed a calendar for the season with all the practice times, and with the season starting mid-November and ending in February, I preferred Google. I could also embed a Google Calendar easily and repeat specific items such as daily practice. 

Final word

As previously stated, a calendar comes down to preference. If you’re someone who wants to fill in the calendar manually via typing or print and use a pen, then consider making your calendar with Microsoft Word. 

The pros of using Word is that it is simple and takes just a few minutes to create a monthly calendar. Lastly, you can always save the calendar “January 2021,” and then edit it for the next month and save that as “February 2021,” for example. 

Either way, hopefully, this article helped!