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Are you ready to begin a new year? Maybe you are, but your office is not. These handy free calendar templates for Microsoft Office can help you start the year off right.
You can use them within an application like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Or just print them and write down your events if you prefer. Either way, make sure you are ready for the new work year with a convenient template to create the calendar you need.
Weekly Calendar Templates
If you are a weekly planner, then a calendar template limited to weeks is what you want. This one from Vertex42 for Excel gives you a continuous stream of weeks as you scroll down. Each day has plenty of space to add items. Plus, you can reuse the template by changing the year on the top right and adjust the start day for your week.
When you need a weekly calendar that breaks down each day into time slots, Vertex42 offers another great template. Set the week beginning date at the top and the dates will update automatically. The workbook has tabs for week one and week two and the time slots are broken down into 15-minute increments.
Monthly Calendar Templates
For a nice and simple monthly calendar for Microsoft Word, this option from Calendarlabs is perfect. Each month of the year is on a separate page, easily editable, and contains the major U.S. holidays.
If you need a monthly calendar that just shows dates, but has a spot for notes, Calendarlabs also offers this Word template. It has bright blue coloring and the U.S. holidays are entered into the notes section for you already.
When you want a monthly calendar for Excel instead of Word, Vertex42 has you covered with a couple of options. This first one is attractive and useful with each month on a separate tab. You can pop in a calendar title and see the surrounding months at the top, which makes planning easy.
The next Excel template from Vertex42 saves your colored ink with its black and white appearance. Like the one above, you have plenty of space to add your events and appointments and can view the previous and upcoming months.
Would you rather use PowerPoint for your calendar and add a little photo fun? This monthly template from Microsoft Office gives you a slide for each month and two spots for photographs. This is super for popping in an image of your company logo for business or favorite family pictures for personal use.
Quarterly Calendar Templates
This quarterly calendar from Calendarlabs is a great condensed option with three months per page. Like the monthly one with a notes section, this one displays the dates by month with a place for comments on the side. And again, U.S. holidays are within the notes section for you and the template is available for Word.
If you would prefer a quarterly calendar for Word with more space to write or type your events, this next one from Calendarlabs gives you that room. Instead of a notes section, the months spread out evenly for more space.
Another quarterly calendar template for Word, but with a different view, is this horizontal option from CalendarPedia. Titled 2018 Calendar Template 7 on the website, the three months displayed on each page are in a list style. So, whether you prefer to plan this way or use the template as an accompaniment, it’s a terrific option.
Yearly Calendar Templates
For a basic yearly calendar that you can use to just check, highlight, or circle dates, Calendarlabs has a good template. You can download this one as a Word, PDF, or image file.
Maybe you have a color printer and would like a yearly calendar with more than a plain, black and white appearance. This portrait Word template from Calendarlabs has a colored background with the U.S. holidays in red for easy glances at those important dates.
When you want a calendar that you can reuse for each year instead of hunting down a new template, look no further than this Excel option from Microsoft Office. Just select the cell containing the year, type in the year you need, and hit Enter. The calendar will automatically adjust to fit the year for you.
For a good year-at-a-glance template, Calendarpedia offers this one titled 2018 Calendar Template 9 on their website. The calendar is available for Word, displays the year in landscape view, and gives you a splash of color.
Specialty Calendar Templates
For certain situations, you may need a calendar that is more than just a monthly or yearly option. These specialty calendar templates can help you plan school, finances, and work.
If you are attending school, then planning is a big part of your success. This Excel academic calendar template from Microsoft Office can help. Just enter the current year at the top and check out the calendar for the whole year beginning in August. And of course, don’t forget to enter those important school items.
Is what you really need a fiscal calendar for the entire year? From Calendarpedia, this template lets you view the fiscal year at a glance. Titled Fiscal Calendar 2018 Template 4, this colorful option for Word shows you the federal holidays at the bottom as well.
Shift Work Calendar
If you have a job where you work different shifts, then having a calendar for you and your family is essential. This Vertex42 shift work calendar for Excel gives you an easy way to keep track. Enter the current year at the top and then use the handy color codes for day and night shifts or those that fall in between. You can also use a rotation pattern and set the start date.
Now, if you want to try your hand at creating your own calendar template, it’s easier than you think. Check out this article for making a template in Excel or this one for creating a OneNote calendar template.
Do You Use More Than One Type of Calendar?
With this array of free calendar template options, you can use one or all of them. Maybe you use a weekly calendar for jotting down meetings but like a monthly calendar for seeing events at a glance.
Which type of calendar do you use or is there more than one? Are there other free calendar templates you recommend? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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