Monday, November 12, 2012

Google Calendar Tip: Change Event Color from Calendar View

When the ability to change colors of individual Google Calendar events (rather than all events on a particular calendar) was released, I thought it was a bit silly. I scoffed at what I saw as a throwback to Outlook.

But, my opinion has changed.

Check out this list of 8 useful Google Calendar hacks.
I've started color coordinating some of my events. For example: recurring chunks of time that I want to devote to my education. I've decided to try and spend a bit of my time every Friday to research Salesforce updates and contribute to the community.

In the past, I've found modifying the color of an event to be rather cumbersome. I usually don't go into full event edit mode to create an event. I use the 'Quick Add' functionality... and it frustrated me that I couldn't modify the event color from there.

I was apparently wrong. It is possible. Yay!

Here's how:
  1. You can use Quick Add (click on the dropdown arrow next to the 'Create' button and type your event description, date, time). 
  2. Click on the body of the event that has been added to your calendar (clicking on the event title takes you to the full edit page for the event). 
  3. There's a color dropdown to the left of the event name. Choose one from the list.

Easy peasy!

Jenna Baze is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps,, Pinterest, natural light photography and finding creative ways to avoid doing dishes (which includes updating a handful of blogs). | Twitter: @RatherGeeky | Facebook: Rather Geeky Tips


  1. This is really helpful! Thank you!! This exact same thing has annoyed me for some time and I had no idea there was a way around it.

  2. Hmmm... I don't have this on Firefox


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