How to Set Your Google Calendar As Your Desktop Background

By Ryan Menezes

Check your schedule every time you look at your desktop.
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Windows XP and earlier Windows versions support Active Desktop, which sets your desktop to display live Web content. If you set your Active Desktop to Google Calendar, your month's events and appointments will appear behind the icons on your desktop. Though there are other ways of quickly accessing your calendar -- you can add your calendar as a favorite or set it as your homepage -- setting it as your desktop background keeps it in view even when you aren't browsing the Web.

Step 1

Log in to Google Calendar and click the arrow beside a specific calendar in the pane labeled "My Calendars."

Step 2

Click "Calendar Settings" to open that calendar's settings page.

Step 3

Click "HTML" in the page's "Calendar Address" section to open a pane with the calendar's URL. Select and copy this URL.

Step 4

Click Start on your computer and click "Control Panel" to open the Control Panel.

Step 5

Double-click "Display" to open the Display dialog box and then click the "Desktop" tab.

Step 6

Click "Customize Desktop" and then click "Web."

Step 7

Click the Location text box and press "Ctrl-V" to paste the copied URL.

Step 8

Click "OK" in all open dialog boxes to add your calendar to your desktop.