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I rely heavily on Google Calendar. With this service, I keep my days, weeks, and months organized like a well-oiled machine. However, out of the box, Google presents you with a single calendar. If you’re not super busy, work with a single client, or are satisfied with a single calendar, you’re good to go. But if your daily grind is too busy for a single calendar, you’ll be happy to know that Google makes it pretty easy to add multiple calendars to the interface.
But why would you need multiple calendars? The answer to this is simple: Flexibility. It’s not just about being better organized but having the ability to configure each calendar differently. For example, you might want to set one calendar for popup notifications and another for email notifications. You might want to share access to one calendar while keeping another private.
Regardless of why you want to add more calendars to your Google account, I’m here to show you how. Requirements
The only things you’ll need for this are a working Google account and a web browser (as you cannot add calendars from the mobile app). Google Calendar is supported by nearly all browsers, so you can do this from Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, Safari, Edge, or even GNOME Web.
With everything at the ready, let’s create a new calendar.
Creating a new Google Calendar
The first thing you must do is open your web browser and go to calendar.google.com. Make sure to log in to your account (if necessary).
<p>Next, click the gear icon for Google Calendar near the upper right corner of the window and then click Settings from the popup menu.</p> <p>The Google Calendar Settings page is accessed via the gear icon.</p> Jack Wallen/ZDNET <p>In the left sidebar, click to expand the Add Calendar entry and then click Create New Calendar.</p> <p>Adding a calendar from the left sidebar in Google Calendar settings.</p> Jack Wallen/ZDNET <p>In the resulting window, give the new calendar a name, and a description, and select the required time zone. Once you've done that, click Create Calendar. </p> <p>Naming and describing your new calendar.</p> Jack Wallen/ZDNET <p>Once the new calendar is created, you'll see it in the left sidebar. Click to expand the entry and you can then configure the new calendar exactly as needed.</p> <p>There's plenty of configuration options for your new calendar.</p> Jack Wallen/ZDNET<p>Now, when you go to create a new event in Google Calendar, you'll have the option to select that new calendar.</p> <p>Creating a new event for the new calendar.</p> Jack Wallen/ZDNET<p>Make sure to select that new calendar for any related event, so you can not only enjoy an improved organization but the specific configurations for that calendar (such as notifications).
I’ve been using multiple calendars in Google for years and it’s been a real time saver for me. Not only does it keep me better organized, but it also helps to prevent me from missing out on events specific to a client or business.