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This will probably be a shorter post than the other posts in shortcut series because there aren’t really that many shortcuts for Google Calendar. But the ones that exist are extremely useful and help to explain why Google Calendar is one of the best web calendars on the market.

Again, I am going to quickly run through the important keyboard shortcuts to show you scenerios where you could use them and in the process remember them. By mastering the keyboard, you can ditch that mouse, enter your appointments in a flash and keep up with your schedule without breaking a sweat. Where we’re going, who needs secretaries?

So let’s go to the Google Calendar page :

Google Calendar Shortcuts

Right off the bat, the most important shortcut of them all is C for compose. This brings up the screen for creating a new event :

GCal Quick Add Shortcut


Just use your TAB key to jump from field to field, insert your details and when you get to the SAVE button, hit ENTER to save your event.

But there is an even faster way to make an event. Just hit Q on your keyboard to make a “quick event”.


Remember: if you do anything wrong or you stray into areas you don’t want to stray into, pressing the ESC key gets you out of it. Look upon the ESC key as your “get out of jail free” card!

As with other Google services, we are once again reunited with our old friends, J and K. Pressing J takes you backwards in time to the previous month and K takes you forwards to the next month (try it for yourself and see).

The only other Google Calendar shortcuts of note are the ones which determine which version of the calendar you see on your screen. D gives you the day view, W the weekly view and M the monthly view.

Writing this article though, I became aware of a gaping hole in Google’s keyboard shortcut services for Calendar. To my knowledge, there are no shortcuts for navigating to an existing day or event, editing an event or deleting an event. You can only add new events and view your calendar in different modes. Or does anyone know differently?

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  1. Wolfwood
    March 25, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Thanks! Very usefull.

    Only "Q" doesn't work for me. It does absolutely nothing :(

  2. Pierre Renaud
    March 20, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Anyone know how to enter a quick event in a calendar other than your main one?

  3. Chetan Sachdev
    March 18, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Its true, I too find it hard to get things fast using keyboard in it. I can't add events for next day how I can move to next day or a specified date of the year.

  4. AniMatrix
    March 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm


    Here you can see (all) the shortcuts.

    It looks like what you say that you can only create something and cant edit or delete anything. Even not with using TAB and Arrow keys etc.

    Not that I use keyboard shortcuts, but if you are a keyboard addict its truly a big gap :)

  5. trevor
    March 17, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    one important feature that i see missing from google calendar is the option to be able to view the description for an event without having to edit the event to see it.