The Best Way to Create a Calendar

A traditional calendar or planner may not be adapted to your needs.
A traditional calendar or planner may not be adapted to your needs. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When your schedule is busy, the best way to stay organized is to write down all of your appointments and goals in one place to keep track of everything you have to do. While buying pre-made calendars can help you accomplish this goal, making a custom calendar in a basic word processing program will allow you to adapt the tool to your needs. Using Microsoft Word, you can create a calendar in the best way: simply and easily, yet perfectly adapted to your life.

Double click on the Microsoft Word icon on your computer. If Word did not come with your computer, you must purchase and download it from the Microsoft website or buy the software on CDs.

Click on "File" and choose "New" in the top left-hand corner of your screen.

Click "Templates" under "New Document" on the task screen. Select "On My Computer," then click on "Other Documents."

Double click the "Calendar Wizard," which is a Word program that walks you through the creation of a calendar. When it appears on screen, you will see several different layouts with different options for highlighting the current date, the format of the weeks and other choices. Click to choose the style of calendar you'd like, then click "Next."

Choose whether you want the calendar in a portrait layout, or on a page that is longer than it is wide, or a landscape layout, which is wider than it is long. After selecting which layout you prefer, click "Next."

Choose the starting and ending months for your calendar. You will be able to specify both the month and the year; after doing so, click "Next," then "Finish."

Click on the first date of the calendar and drag your cursor down to the end of the calendar to select all dates. You can then choose the font and the size of type that you would like to use. The calendar will appear in the Word document, though it may take a moment to load.

Click on the date of the appointment and start typing to add an appointment.

Print the calendar out and use it in a hard-copy format by going to the File menu and selecting "Print." Or, you can leave the calendar as a Word file.

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