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Not too long ago, Microsoft made it almost impossible to sync your Google Calendar with the Windows Calendar app How to Sync Your Google Calendar Appointments With Windows 8 How to Sync Your Google Calendar Appointments With Windows 8 Microsoft encourages you to use the Windows 8 default calendar app. We show you how to access Google Calendar in Windows 8 the easy way. Read More . This all changed with the Calendar app for Windows 10. And since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can manage your Google, iCloud, Outlook, and Exchange calendars straight from the Taskbar.

Let us show you how to set this all up for the smoothest calendar experience a geek could dream of.

The Windows 10 Calendar App

Our first step will be to set up the Windows 10 Calendar app, which comes pre-installed with the operating system. Press Windows key + Q to place your cursor in the Start Menu search bar, enter calendar in the search field, and open the respective Trusted Windows Store app result.

Open Calendar App

Note that if you don’t have a Microsoft account associated with Windows 10 How to Delete Your Microsoft Account & Create a Local Windows 10 Login How to Delete Your Microsoft Account & Create a Local Windows 10 Login When you access Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account, you can store data in the cloud and sync it across devices. Does this sound concerning? We show you how to switch to a local account. Read More , you will be asked to add an account the moment you open the Calendar app. If you need help with this step, head to the next section of this article.

The Calendar app presents a very clean and appealing interface. We appreciate small details like the five-day weather preview, which links to more detailed forecasts on MSN Weather. Press the hamburger icon in the top left to expand or minimize the lefthand menu. Here you’ll find a compressed monthly calendar and several options like adding a new event, toggling your calendars, or adding regional holiday calendars.

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Windows 10 Calendar

Note that the Calendar app features a shortcut to the Mail app on the lefthand side. While the two apps launch independently of each other, they remain tightly connected on the backend, which we’ll see in a moment.

Windows 10 Calendar App

If you would like to change the look and feel of the calendar, go to Settings (the cogwheel button in the bottom left) > Personalization and play with the colors and background settings. You can even switch to a dark theme 5 Dark Themes for Windows 10 5 Dark Themes for Windows 10 Dark themes can help with eyestrain, make text easier to read, and they are stylish too. We have compiled five of the best ones for Windows 10. Read More .

To customize your calendar view further, head to Settings > Calendar Settings. Here you can change things like the first day of the week, days in the work week, or working hours, and you can enable week numbers and alternate calendars, such as the Gregorian or Hebrew Lunar calendar views. These settings are applied across all calendars.

How to Set Up Your Calendars

The Windows 10 Calendar app supports a range of accounts and associated calendars, including Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail, MSN, Exchange, Office 365, Google, Yahoo! Mail, iCloud, and any Exchange ActiveSync, POP, and IMAP accounts.

To add your calendar, go to Settings > Manage Accounts > Add account.

Windows Calendar App Settings

Choose the account you would like to add and enter your login credentials. Since the account setup covers both the Mail and Calendar app at the same time, you can choose options that don’t actually include a calendar, such as Yahoo! Mail. We used a Google account with 2-step authentication enabled Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More to set up the Calendar app and had a super smooth experience.

Windows Calendar Account Settings

Once you’ve logged in successfully, you’ll see your calendars listed in the expanded menu on the left-hand side. If you’ve set up multiple calendars under a single Google account, they all will be listed under the respective account, and you can toggle each calendar view separately.

Windows Calendar View

Note that events you add or remove are synced to your Google Calendar, just as you would expect. To update the frequency of the synchronization, head to Settings > Manage Accounts and select an account. Under Account settings you can change the account name (how it shows up in the sidebar) and the “mailbox” sync settings. Even though it refers to the mailbox, this option also contains settings that will apply to your calendar.

Windows Calendar App Account Setup

Click Change mailbox sync settings, and under Sync contacts and calendars select your preferred interval.

Windows Calendar Sync Settings

Now that the Calendar app is fully set up, let’s see what you can do from the Windows 10 Taskbar 6 Advanced Taskbar Tweaks for Windows 10 6 Advanced Taskbar Tweaks for Windows 10 Windows 10 has brought many changes and the taskbar wasn't spared. Still, many small tweaks can enhance your experience. We'll show you how you can customize it to perfection. Read More .

How to Manage Your Calendars from the Windows Taskbar

To expand the Taskbar calendar, click the time and date on the far left of the Taskbar. Here you’ll see a calendar in the monthly view, which is the closest you can zoom in. To see what’s happening on different days, click Show agenda.

Windows 10 Taskbar Calendar

From here, you can go directly to an event to edit in the Calendar app. Or you can click the + icon to add a new event in the Calendar app.

Stay in Sync with Your Windows 10 Calendar

The Calendar app has made big steps from Windows 8 to 10, when it re-added support for Google and other non-Microsoft accounts. Now that the Calendar app also integrates with the Taskbar calendar, it has become more useful than ever. Not only can you view an agenda and add events through from the desktop, you will also see reminders in the Action Center How to Customize & Disable the Windows 10 Action Center How to Customize & Disable the Windows 10 Action Center The Windows 10 Action Center is a tool for power users. It collects all your important notifications and key system shortcuts in the Taskbar. We'll show you how to configure your Action Center to perfection. Read More .

How will you use the Taskbar calendar agenda? How did you access your Google Calendar 9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using 9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using Google Calendar has more tricks up its sleeve than you may realize. Our tips will help you organize events and reduce the time you spend managing your calendar. Read More on Windows before this integration was available? Do you have any calendar tricks Windows 10 users should know? Please share with us in the comments!

  1. Al
    September 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    My privacy is set to on and too can't see the agenda.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Just to confirm...

      You're on Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) and under the path described below, the slider for Windows is set to ON.

      If that's the case, then I'm at my wit's end.

  2. Mischa
    August 28, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    On my Windows 10 Home (Version 1511), after setting up the calendar app successfully, i am unable to see the integration in the taskbar calendar. I only have a "date and time settings" link on the bottom of the monthly calendar, no links to tasks or agenda. Any ideas?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

      You need to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10, Version 1607.

    • Randy
      September 18, 2016 at 2:54 am

      I just upgraded to version 1607 today, set up my calendar app, entered several appointments, but see no linking to the taskbar calendar. Just as the previous person commented, all I see on the taskbar calendar is "date and time settings", no agenda option. How can I correct this?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 18, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Randy, it's possible to turn the option off and maybe you need to turn it on.

      Go to Settings (press Windows key + I) > Privacy > Calendar and make sure that Windows is On.

      Do let us know whether that was the issue. Thank you!

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