Run Google Calendar in Your Firefox Sidebar

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:

  1. RIght click on this link and bookmark it or drag and drop to your bookmark toolbar
    Mini Google Calendar
  2. Right click on the bookmark and select ‘Properties’
  3. Check the ‘Load this bookmark in the sidebar’ option
  4. That’s it! There is no step 4. :wink:

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.

Google Calendar

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!

[via Firefox Facts & CyberNet News]

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9 Responses to “Run Google Calendar in Your Firefox Sidebar”

  1. tech blog January 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Great tip! Anything that knocks off a few steps of our daily routine is very helpful :smile:

  2. K January 25, 2008 at 3:26 am #

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.. appreciation like this makes my day! :grin:

  3. Vicky February 17, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Flock doesn’t seem to have the ‘Load this bookmark in the sidebar’ option. Or is it somewhere there but I just can’t find it?

  4. K February 19, 2008 at 4:54 am #

    Vicky.. that’s true and I have missed that option as well and haven’t found a way around it yet. I’d love to hear it if someone else knows how. :-)

  5. Derek Epperson August 19, 2008 at 12:32 am #

    As much as I love Google Calendar AND FireFox…I try to keep my browser space as uncluttered as possible.

    Since I’m not a schedule junkie, I just open GCal when I need it.

    Definitely a good add-on for those who want it right at eye-level!

  6. K August 19, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Derek, me too. I have come across a new extension that I will sharing it in this week’s Extensions’ picks that opens GCal in the sidebar only when you have Gmail open. :-)

  7. Sim October 10, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    I have tried this about 10 times now, and I can’t get it to work. In Firefox, it just opens a grey window in the sidebar. Any suggestions? I am logged into Gmail, and can see the full calendar just fine.

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