Keep up with important dates and appointments with a Microsoft Word calendar you create yourself using free templates.
Grandparents and out-of-town relatives love receiving hand-made calendars with birth dates and anniversaries highlighted.
Don’t forget to include photos of family members, pets, children’s school photos, or vacation snapshots!
How to create a Microsoft Word calendar
Note: Are you a user of a previous version? You can still use the Calendar Wizard if you prefer.
What you need to complete this tutorial:
- Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010
- Heavy (minimum 32 lb.) printer paper such as Hewlett-Packard Presentation paper or HammerMill Laser Gloss paper
- Laser or inkjet printer
We start with a basic calendar, then in part two, I’ll show you how to personalize it by adding color and photos.
Open Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010, then follow these steps:
- In Word 2007, click the Office button, or in Word 2010, click the File tab.
- Click New.
- In the template list, click Calendars.
- Click 2013 Calendars or for what year you need. Note: Some calendars in the year sections work for any year.
- Select a calendar from the list. (Calendar templates for the new year are usually added in January, so check back often if you do not like the current selection of available templates.)
- Click Download. If a message appears asking for permission to authenticate your copy of Microsoft Word, click Yes.
- Press Ctrl+S to save.
You now have a basic document that is ready to print, or if you want something fancier, add photos and color to your Word calendar.
To print your calendar, press Ctrl+P. If you own a duplex printer, set it to only print on one side of the page.
Make sure to use a heavy paper (at least 32 lb.) so your calendar is more durable.
If you plan to use your calendar throughout the year or you personalized one for a gift, consider getting it professionally bound. A spiral coil binding is very durable and only costs a few dollars at your local print shop. This type of binding comes in a variety of colors and allows you to flip the pages on your calendar or lay it open flat.
Are you short on time? Most print shops allow you to email a Microsoft Word document to them. They will print and bind the document, then you can pick it up when it is finished.
Do you want something fancier than basic black?