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5 New Google Calendar Features You Have to Try!

Dan Price 19-10-2017

Google Calendar just got more fantastic. We’ll show you what’s new and how to access the new version.


There’s so much more to the app than meets the eye. For example, did you know it integrates with several email clients? Or that you can sync it with the Windows 10 taskbar How to Sync Your Google Calendar with the Windows 10 Taskbar Sync your Google Calendar with the Windows Calendar app wasn't always possible. Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can even manage your Google, iCloud, and Outlook calendars from the Taskbar. We show you how. Read More ?

However, the app always had one major flaw: the design. Google Calendar felt like it was stuck in the 2000s. And while apps like News, Keep, and Drive have been given an overhaul in recent years, Calendar was left behind.

Now, in October 2017, Google has finally gotten around to upgrading the Calendar interface. But was it worth the wait? Here’s an overview of the new features and a look at the new design.

How to Upgrade to the New Calendar

Before discussing the redesign, let’s take a moment to explain how to upgrade to the new version of the app.

For some people, the new version of the app might load automatically. The old interface might load for others.


If you see the old interface, just look for the Use new calendar button in the upper right-hand corner. It should be available to everyone — Google initiated a worldwide rollout on October 18.

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A new box will pop up. Click Upgrade now to confirm your decision.

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You can roll back the upgrade by clicking on the gear icon and choosing Back to classic Calendar.

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Note: G Suite users will only be able to access the new app if their system admin enables it.

The New Design

The upgrade marks the first redesign of Google Calendar since 2011. Given that millions of users log into the app every day, the redesign is long overdue.


The update takes its design cues from Material Design. The philosophy has underpinned everything Google has done in the last few years. It first landed in the public consciousness on the Android operating system in 2014, and Google has slowly been updating its web apps to abide by the same principles.

Although the new app’s layout is broadly similar to the old version, there are lots of small changes that make it easier on the eye.

When loading up the calendar for the first time, users will immediately notice the expanded date bar. The numbers are now larger, making it faster to know what you’re viewing at a glance.

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The text on events has been inverted from black to white (though the black is still available if you prefer), and Google has introduced more splashes of color. The left-hand panel has also been expanded to take advantage of a screen’s prime real estate.

There are a few other smaller changes. For example, the day, week, and month views are now accessible via a dropdown menu rather than each having their own button, and the famous “hamburger icon” has been introduced in the upper left-hand corner to let you switch the calendar into fullscreen mode.

Finally, both the Event view and the Google Calendar Settings menu How to Optimize Google Calendar With Custom Settings Have you adjusted Google Calendar's default settings to meet your needs? Just a few clicks could help you be more organized and save time. Read More have been revamped. They are now much easier to navigate.

The New Features

Along with the redesign, Google has introduced a host of new features 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 that users have been crying out for. They help to make the app more useful than ever.

Revamped Calendar Invites

Google Calendar is one of the best ways for people to organize events and meetings How to Create Meeting Templates in Google and Outlook Calendars Do you regularly use your Google or Outlook Calendar to manage events and invite people? Create a template to set up your next meeting in record time. Read More  (and some of the templates availables are even better than free Microsoft Office calendar templates The Best Free Microsoft Office Calendar Templates for Staying Organized Whether you need a weekly, monthly, or yearly calendar, these free printable calendar templates for Microsoft Office can help you stay organized this year. Read More ). However, there was always a glaring issue: the lack of rich formatting and hyperlinks.

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If you needed to link a document or web page, it was problematic. Asking people to copy and paste links into their browser was a recipe for overlooked information. All the links you include now open in the redesigned Event Detail window.

Furthermore, the introduction of rich formatting also means you can add a “wow factor” to invites How to Share Your Google Calendar With Anyone We show you three options for sharing your Google Calendar. Using iCal, even Apple Calendar and Outlook users can view your schedule. We also explain how to revoke access to your Google Calendar. Read More , instantly making events appear more appealing.

Multi-Calendar Management

Google Calendar has always supported multiple calendars. Rather than cramming lots of information onto a single timeline, using numerous calendars allows users to compartmentalize their agendas. For example, you can have one calendar for personal engagements, one for work tasks, one to keep track of your kids’ events, and so on.

In theory, it’s a great idea. But in practice, Google’s implementation of the concept left a lot to be desired. Viewing multiple calendars at the same time led to a cluttered and confusing situation. Using the Day view led to a vast amount of wasted space.

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Thanks to the redesign, you can now view multiple calendars side-by-side, thus making use of the previously under-utilized area.

To see the feature in action, select the Day view from the drop-down window, and use the left-hand panel to choose the calendars you want to compare.

Improved Contact Information

Given the prevalence of the Android operating system, millions of people use Google Contacts as their primary address book.

Unfortunately, Contacts never played nicely with Calendar. Sure, the app could recognize email addresses and you could send invites to your saved contacts, but that was about the limit of the functionality.

The new Calendar app now lets you see the contact information of other users from within events. Just hover over the person’s name and a new box will pop up.

Recycle Bin

If you accidentally delete an event and miss the all-too-brief Undo link that pops up at the bottom of the screen, your event is no longer lost forever.

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The new Calendar app has a Bin. You can find it by going to Gear > Bin. Click on the small arrow on the right-hand side of the event’s listing, and it will immediately return to your agenda.

Responsive Screen

It’s clear that Google wanted to make more use of screen space within the app. A new feature that helps the company achieve its aim is the responsive screen.

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When you fire up the app for the first time, it’s enabled by default. You can disable it immediately by clicking Customize, or by going to Gear > Density and Color > Information Density > Compact.

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Do You Like the Redesigned Google Calendar?

It’s hard to find too many faults with the redesign, and you have to assume Google will continue to upgrade the app with even more new features in the weeks and months ahead.

Did you prefer the old version of the app? What’s missing from the new app? Whatever your opinions are, make sure you let us know about them in the comments below. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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  1. Cathy
    March 1, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    It would be nice to have more options to customize the calendar with a background image, background themes etc. Currently is a lot of white and blinding anyone with eyesight problems. I would go back to the old one if I could.

  2. Reno
    December 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I find the newer calendar harder to read and the larger date fields are just a waste, I had no problems reading them before but there is no way to size the date fields down.

  3. Robert Markowitz
    December 21, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Needs Labs section. Especially the "jump to date" feature. This has been in Labs for a long time and should be incorporated as a normal feature anyway.

  4. Craig Goslan
    December 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I'll be of if I have to move to it.

    There are plenty of calendars out there and I chose Google Calendar, because I like it. If it is changed then I will look at getting a new calendar.

  5. Brett
    November 25, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I rely on the old one to manage my time slots for video schedules, and I have to click on them to change the names of the events, but, you can't do that with the new one, it takes you to another screen instead, and though I could get to a screen where you can change names, it's not worth taking 2 or 3 extra steps every time for something that was simple and instantaneous before.

  6. Maria Corrada
    November 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I would really like to have the ability to add 'flair' or small icons to the event as in the old calendar. I use them a lot to see quickly the type of event: a plane to catch, a phone call, my kid's baseball game, etc.

  7. bob knobber
    October 30, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    The mini calendar does not indicate days that have appointments. Switching back to the old version for this and other reasons. Why change all this just to make it more modern but a worse product?

  8. ediz2
    October 24, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I cannot hide inactive hours of the day, as I can in the old version.

    • Kelly
      October 30, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Agree!!! I really like this feature!

  9. Learjet
    October 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Love the new calendar, but miss the Labs section, namely the "flare" option. Overall, though, the calendar is much easier on the eyes than before.

  10. Steve
    October 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I switched back to the classic calendar because of how they display the appointments. In the new design, the time is listed after the event. Who reads a calendar that way?!

  11. Pawel
    October 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    New design is nice but... Where are Labs? I cannot find them anymore in new cal. So now CW numbers, no custom background, no world clock...

    • Disa
      October 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      I can't speak to the rest of the labs stuff, but there's a setting called "world clock" in the regular settings menu.

  12. Kim
    October 19, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    It is prettier but you can't print it out... when you choose the print option is doesn't do anything after you enter your parameters and hit print! Ugh...

  13. James Ramos
    October 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I definitely like the enhancements and the new layout. Also how all the information pops out when you click on the appointment and it displays all the info without having to double clicking to edit

  14. Tim Lynch
    October 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    LOL - right after I posted that I didn't have it, the button showed up! #GreatTiming :-)

  15. Tim Lynch
    October 19, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I am still waiting for it to be enabled on my google account :-( Hopefully the option will be available soon.