Create new calendar in Vista

The calendar in Windows Vista is not tied to a specific program, such as Microsoft Outlook. When you use Vista, your Windows Calendar program is there waiting, to record a meeting or appointment or task or to remind you when something is due.

In Vista, Windows Calendar allows you to sort your appointments into categories, with each category contained in a separate calendar. For example, you might want to create separate social calendars and business calendars.

To create a new calendar, open Windows Calendar. Then Select File and then New Calendar.

At this point, Windows Calendar will add a new entry in the left window pane (the Navigation pane) in the Calendars section.The words "New Calendar" will be highlighted. At this point, change the name of the calendar to whatever you want.

Other things you should know about Vista Windows Calendars:

  • If you display multiple calendars but want to show dates from only one of them (as you might do if you wanted to check your personal schedule without your business calendar appointments getting in the way), just click to uncheck the calendar (or calendars) you don't want to see.
  • You can create as many calendars as you need. To give you an example relating to home use, everyone in the family could create their own calendar on the same computer. With all the calendars checked and displaying, the Calendar screen

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  • shows the family's appointments. When someone from the family wants to see only his own appointments, they have only to uncheck the other calendars.
  • While adding a new calendar, Windows Calendar doesn't clear your screen of any calendars or appointments currently showing.

About the author: Rahul Shah currently works at a software firm in India, where he is a systems administrator maintaining Windows servers. He has also worked for various software firms in testing and analytics, and also has experiences deploying client/server applications in different Windows configurations.

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This was first published in February 2007

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