Google Calendar has to be the second popular Google’s suite of offerings after Gmail when it comes to productivity. You can now run Google Calendar right from your sidebar if you are using Firefox (could possibly work for other browsers as well).
Mitch of Firefox Facts has gotten the url from the iGoogle – Google Calendar widget and made a bookmarklet out of it. Now adding that to your bookmarks with the ‘Open in sidebar’ option selected, you can open a stripped down version of GCalendar in your sidebar.
Here are the steps to get this done:
- RIght click on this link and bookmark it or drag and drop to your bookmark toolbar
Mini Google Calendar
- Right click on the bookmark and select ‘Properties’
- Check the ‘Load this bookmark in the sidebar’ option
- That’s it! There is no step 4.
The same steps should work in other browsers such as Flock, Opera, Safari, etc which have the option of opening any bookmark in a sidebar.
The calendar looks like this with the calendar showing the dates and the agenda below. You can ‘Create Event’ or do a ‘Quick Add’ from the sidebar. You can also turn on/off the calendars you want to see if you have multiple calendars.
I am now addicted to Remember the Milk‘s Gmail extension that gives me a collapsible sidebar integrated right within Gmail. It works for me as I am logged in most of the day in Gmail and I can manage my tasks from right there.
But, I am sure this will be really appreciated by those using Google Calendar regularly! if you are curious about Remember the Milk, it integrates into Google Calendar very well as well if you’d like some advanced task management capabilities not found in GCalendar.
I know what you are thinking. No, I don’t work for Remember the Milk. I just love it to death!