Google Calendar: Print your calendar and post the family schedule on the fridge

January 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

Summary: How to print your Google Calendar and post the family schedule on the fridge.   How to print a poster-sized Google Calendar.    How to print a Google Calendar for your Refrigerator.  How to print a Google Calendar to share with Luddites. This article describes how you can enjoy the collaborative advantages of the Google Calendar on your iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm or smartphone, but still have a printed calendar for your fridge, refrigerator, bulletin board, or back door.

I know,  it's difficult to switch from your paper calendar to the Online Google Calendar.  And it''s difficult to switch from your printed daily planner to the online  Google Calendar on your iPhone, BlackBerry, PDA or smart phone.

This article describes how you can enjoy the collaborative advantages of the Online Google Calendar on your iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm or smartphone, but still have a printed calendar for your refrigerator, bulletin board, or back door.

Before we started using Google Calendar, we used the large desktop calendars that you can buy from Staples or other office supply stores. In our family, each of us typically update our calendar events from the Google Calendar website or from our smart phones; but, we still find it convenient to have a printed calendar on our door to the garage.    Although it's good to have a family-synchronized calendar on each of our phones, it sometimes helps to be able to look at the paper calendar on the way out just to get a quick view of the next few days.    Also,  we can select individual components of our calendars and print a unique version of our combined calendar for my mother to post on her refrigerator (since she doesn't use the Google Calendar online).

So, read on to see how to print a poster-sized Google Calendar.


Instructions

Operating Systems: Windows Nt/2k/XP/Vista

Difficulty: Easy
Time: A few minutes

Things you'll Need

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How To Print a Poster-Sized Google Calendar

The free “Poster Printer” program works with your existing printer to allow you to print documents at a much larger size than would fit on a single printed page.  Poster Printer works with any printer; color or black and white.

Poster Printer software installs what appears to be a new virtual printer, by default named “Poster Printer” in your printer list.  The new printer operates similarly to if you've ever printed to a PDF file, or if you've printed to a “fax” printer;  it captures an image of the printout so that it can be manipulated.

In this case, when you print to the “Poster Printer” virtual printer, it displays an image of your document that you can then enlarge so that it will print on multiple pages in such a way that you can assemble the pages to make a multi-page poster.    Poster Printer allows you to select the size of the enlargement (and how many sheets of 8.5×11 paper the poster will require)

You can make huge poster, if you want.   Poster Printer can print a poster spanning 5 feet, or more, from a single document page.

Step 1:  LOG IN TO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT & SELECT CALENDAR

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g>Log into your Google account at http://calendars.google.com and select the month to print

You can also log into your Gmail or any Google account, then select “more” and “Calendar” from the drop down menu (as shown on the right).


Step 2: Click the PRINT link at the upper right corner of the Google Calendar.

Google Calendar Print Link

Step 3: Click the print BUTTON at the bottom of the Google Calendar Print Preview dialog

Google Calendar Print Dialog

Step 4: In the PRINT dialog, select “Poster Printer,” then click “OK.”   You'll select “Poster Printer” even though you'll ultimately send the calendar to a  real printer in two more steps.

Poster Printer Printer Zoom & Output Printer

Step 5: Use the drop-down to choose the true printer that you want to print to.   Then, click the up arrow on the zoom until the calendar stretches to two pages of paper (you'll see it in the image to the right).   Finally, click the “Print” button at the bottom left.

Poster Printer Print Dialog

Step 6: In the Poster Utility Print Options, select “print Options:  Poster: All”

Select Print Poster All

Step 7: After the page print,  cut on the dotted line of one page and use tape or glue to overlap it on the other page.Hang your finished poster-sized Google Calendar on your refrigerator or back door.

Finished

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Resources

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Photo Credit

Image captures and photographs by Chuck Eglinton

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