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July 8, 2008

Google Calendar Buttons

I don't know if there are many useful buttons for Google Toolbar, but there's a Google Calendar button that offers a lot of features for its size.

1. You can use it as a shortcut for Google Calendar. Just click on the button, instead of trying to find Google Calendar in the list of bookmark or typing the first letters of its URL in the address bar.

2. Click on the small arrow next to Google Calendar's logo to see a list of upcoming events from your main calendar. If you select an event, you'll be able to read the description and make some changes.

3. Add events to your main calendar by typing the text in Google Toolbar's search box and then clicking on the calendar button. Unfortunately, Google doesn't add the event to your calendar, it only prefills a form with information from your request.

4. You can also add events by selecting some text from a web page and clicking on the calendar button (alternatively, right-click and select Send to > Google Calendar). Google Calendar to parse a lot of complicated text, including the one illustrated below:

For a visual representation of your calendars, you can add the Google Calendar gadget to the toolbar. The gadgets shows events from any number of your calendars and doesn't open a web page when you add an event.


  1. Another way to increase the value of Gcal data is accessing it trough MS Outlook.

    We just launched KiGoo, a free tool that allows Google users to fully manage (create, read, update and delete) their Calendar and Contacts from MS Outlook.

    Also KiGoo manage the Free Busy information of your Gmail contacts for appointments if they shared their FB status.

    Currently we support Windows XP and office 2007.

  2. Visit me at King's? Lol.

    Yeah, I love the Google Calendar button.

  3. You say the 'google calendar gadget' but I added it and it doesn't seem to do anything special. I'm referring to the one at the end of your post with the link at

    am I doing something wrong?

  4. Any way to make it work for Apps calendars? :-/

  5. @aw:
    You need Google Toolbar to add the gadget as a button. If you want to add it in iGoogle, try this link.