Quick Tip: How To Make Your Google Calendar Go Full Screen

When using Google Calendar, I personally like the month view (like you would see on a wall calendar); however, that is a matter of preference. To make your calendar go to a full-screen view,, no matter what calendar view you prefer, you can collapse the left-side menu and the right-side panel. Reflected below are instructions to walk you through this:

On the top left side of the screen, click the three-line menu icon at the top to collapse the side menu. You can toggle open the side menu by clicking on the three-line menu.

On the bottom right side, click the small right-facing arrow to collapse the side panel. This panel lets you view your Google Keep Notes, Tasks and other services. You can toggle the side panel back open by clicking the left-facing arrow.

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Quick Tip: How To Print Google Calendar Descriptions

Recently I posted an article, “Quick Tip: Using Google Calendar As A Journal To Keep Track of Events In the Past” where you can use Google Calendar as a journal to document events by using the “description” feature in Google Calendar. The “description” feature allows you to write paragraph’s of text (with formatting options) to describe the event or what occurred on that day.

After posting that article, I decided I needed a way to periodically print out my journal or the event descriptions and found that it is quite easy. You do not need to be using Google Calendar as a journal, but writing descriptions (or details) about events on your calendar in the past will serve you in the future as a reference.

To print out a range of descriptions that you have added to your calendar, follow the steps below:

  • Open Google Calendar on your computer.
  • At top right click on the down arrow that shows you the various calendar views. Typically, on mine, I keep it on “month”, but your calendar may be set to something different.
  • Once you click on the “down arrow”, click on “Schedule”.

  • Once you are in the “Schedule” view, click on the “cog or gear” icon and select print.

  • At the “Print Preview” dialog screen, select your date range.
  • Place a “check mark” in the “print descriptions” box.
  • Click on “Print”

  • At the “Print” dialog screen, select the destination of where you want the printed result to end up. Many times I select, “Save to Google Drive” or “Save to PDF”.
  • Depending on your selection, click on “Save” or “Print” and voila’ that is it. You should now have a printed result with the descriptions you had added for past events.

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Quick Tip: Using Google Calendar As A Journal To Keep Track of Events In the Past

Typically, when using Google Calendar, we use the calendar to keep track of events that occur in the future and once those events pass, we no longer think about them. I started thinking, why not use Google Calendar to keep track of the events that occurred in the past and be able to add a detailed description of what occurred and/or what actions were taken. With Google Calendar this is absolutely possible and is a good way to document and describe what occurred during a past calendar event. As a matter of fact, I have even started (since I am now retired) using this idea and feature to create a journal using Google Calendar, to document my day.

Here is how this works (very simple)… Open Google Calendar and initiate adding an event to your calendar and you should see the following type of window. In that window, click on “More Options”.

After clicking on “More options”, you should see a window as depicted below where you can add various details for the event. At the very bottom, is where you can add a description with various types of formatting to get creative. Also, note I only added two lines of text. You are not limited to that and can type paragraphs if you want. When done, click on “Save” and that is it. You have now added a description to the event and can go back and edit the description at any time. You can even add attachments and links. As I mentioned, I now schedule an event and will go back to my calendar entry following the event to document what occurred.

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