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Exporting a Google Calendar for a nicer print job — *UPDATED*

I’ve been working on exporting a Google Calendar so it can be printed. I know Google Calendar has a print option, but the results are anything but satisfactory. The events are truncated and the font is pitifully small. Also, it’s impossible to format items.

Anyway, here’s my work around solution. (This an update to this post)

1. Download and install Mozilla Sunbird. (note: Sunbird is no longer being updated, but you can still download it here.
2. Go to your Google Calendar…under “My Calendars” click on settings
3. In the calendar settings, get the ical “private address”
4. Open Mozilla Sunbird — select “File, Subscribe to Remote Calendar”
5. Enter the private address – the Sunbird Calendar will now populate with the Google Calendar Data – enter your username and password when prompted (note: edits you make will now be automatically changed on your Google Calendar – it’s two way – if you don’t want this right click on the calendar name on the left, properties, mark it “read only”)
6. Click on View, then select month
7. Edit the events to suit
8. Click on File, Page Setup, switch to landscape
9. Click on Print, insert a title if you want, change to the monthly grid layout
10. Print it

You now have a nicer looking printed calendar than you have if you print directly from Google Calendar.

Note: If all this sounds too complicated check out my post on WinCalendar.

Check out these Google Calendar related posts.

Inserting a Google Calendar in a WordPress Blog

There are other ways to do this, but this is, I think one of the best.  The result is a page on your WordPress website with a full sized Google Calendar.  You’ll find he instructions here: http://falcon1986.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/insert-google-calendar-iframe-into-wordpress-page-update/.

Printing a better Google Calendar using WinCalendar

The other day I heard from the creator of WinCalendar. He’d read my multistep work-around for printing a nicer looking Google Calendar and he graciously offered me a license for his software. WinCalendar isn’t free but, on the other hand, it isn’t a work around either. Once its installed opening a fully editable version of your Google Calendar in Word or Excel is just a couple of clicks away. On my Office 2010, the software added a new WinCalendar tab. Configuration is straight forward, and once done, clicking on the new tab and then picking “Calendar Maker” makes the magic happen. Within a few seconds there’s a Google Calendar ready to edit or print. It looks much better than what I get if I use the Google Calendar print option which offers no editing capabilities at all, truncates the events, and uses a too-small font.

Now, the initial installation for me had a few rough spots, 95% of which had little to do with WinCalendar. My Microsoft Word complained about security (something well described in the WinCalendar documentation). However, I had some problems importing all day events that repeat each year, like birthdays and anniversaries. I told the guys from Sapro Systems, makers of WinCalendar, about it and within a day they updated their program so it would properly handle those events. Later on I realized that the main cause of the problem was the manner in which I imported the data into the Google Calendar in the first place, inadvertently creating, I think, a non-standard format. I think the quick response with no “it’s not our fault” attitude from WinCalendar was quite good.

At this point I think my work around for printing a better Google Calendar is okay, but for most church and school secretaries and others who generally do the real work in printing newsletters, etc. that include calendars the WinCalendar approach is the way to go. The Sapro Systems folks also tell me that they offer discounted prices to churches and other non-profits. Check it out at WinCalendar.com.

Check out these Google Calendar related posts. 

Exporting a Google Calendar for a nicer print job

I’ve been working on exporting a Google Calendar so it can be printed. I know Google Calendar has a print option, but the results are anything but satisfactory. The events are truncated and the font is pitifully small. Also, it’s impossible to format items.

Note: this method has been updated….read it here.

Anyway, here’s my work around solution.

1. Download and install Mozilla Sunbird.
2. Go to your Google Calendar…under “My Calendars” click on settings
3. Export the calendar to your computer and then unzip the file
4. Open Mozilla Sunbird and drag the .ics file into it
5. Click on View, then select month
6. Edit the events to suit
7. Click on File, Page Setup, switch to landscape
8. Click on Print, insert a title if you want, change to the monthly grid layout
9. Print it

You now have a nicer looking printed calendar than you have if you print directly from Google Calendar.

Note: If all this sounds too complicated check out my post on WinCalendar.

Check out these Google Calendar related posts.