Google Calendar Gadget for Windows 7

The new year is about to start. If one of your New Year resolutions is that you want to start organizing yourself, then a Google calendar gadget for Windows 7 might come in handy.


Google Calendar Gadget for Windows 7

The easiest way to access the Google calendar on your desktop is to install Google Desktop first and then install the Google gadget. If you don’t want another sidebar (Vista and Windows 7 already have one built-in), you can subscribe to the Google calendar instead. This tutorial will show you both methods and you can then decide for yourself.

Method 1: Google Desktop

The Google Desktop sidebar is a clone of the Windows sidebar and looks very, very similar. It comes with many pre-installed gadgets: scratch pad, facebook photo gadget, CNN news gadget, photo slideshow, weather gadget, a clock and a google search at the bottom. Give it a try and then decide for yourself if you want to ditch the Windows sidebar.

It now fully supports Windows 7 64-bit!

Download Google Desktop (Windows 7/Vista/XP)

Google Desktop Windows 7

Google Calendar Gadget for Google Desktop

Google Calendar Gadget: Add Event

Method 2: ICAL Google Calendar for Windows Sidebar

You can give other applications access to your Google calendar. The Windows sidebar requires the format ICAL. You can find the address to your ICAL Google Calendar on the settings page of your Google calendar.

It’s a bit tricky to find it.

1. Step Sign into your Google calendar https://www.google.com/calendar/
2. StepAt the top row you will find a link to the “Settings”
3. Step Switch to the tab “Calendars”
4. Step Click on “Share this calendar”
5. Step Switch to the tab “Calendar details”
6. Step On this page you will find the following buttons. Click on ICAL button and copy the address.

Google Calendar Address ICAL

Next, go back to your Windows Calendar gadget and click on “Subscriptions”. Insert the address of the ICAL calendar:

Windows Calendar Subscriptions

Alternatives

If you are looking for a good free desktop calendar for Windows 7, you might also want to try out Rainlendar or the Windows Live Calendar Gadget:

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7 Responses to Google Calendar Gadget for Windows 7

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Alaa Ali said:

    i cant find the “subscribe to a calender” window u r opened in windows calender

    p.s: i am using windows seven default calender :)

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Ali, I can’t seem to find it right now either. Have you tried the alternatives? E.g. installing Google desktop? If you manage to find it, let us know, maybe they changed the gadget (keep in mind that this was posted last year).

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mavi said:

    Yes they changed it, now it’s named as “Windows Live Calendar” and you need to install it to have it.. but whenever I try to put there my link from Google Calendar, it keeps saying error 404 :(

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mavi said:

    oh I got it now, I needed to copy my personal link to calendar :)

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Guest said:

    @Oliver — When was this article written?

    You didn’t provide a date for when your article was posted. I don’t know why so many blogs insist on not associating a date with their articles… how are us (the readers) supposed to know if this was written in 2008, for example, vs. 2011?

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Pooja said:

    Hi,Im Pooja.Inspite of downloading the “windows 7 calendar gadget”,I’m not able to use it.Why is that like that?please suggestions…

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    tom said:

    Hoo boy, you went to all the trouble of setting up a guide, then messed it up by instructing to copy address from ‘calendar address’ instead of correct ‘personal address’

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