How to Enable Full Calendar in Chrome OS Status Bar

I can’t lie… I really like Chrome OS; simplicity, speed, the minimalist office. Having an operating system that always “works” can be a real treat, especially when you’re incredibly busy and on the go.

So whenever I can tweak Chrome OS to be even more efficient, I’m all for it.

Since my calendar lives and dies by Google Calendar, when I discovered a handy little hack that makes it easier to access your full calendar from the Chrome OS status bar, I knew it was a feature that I would like to have.

I wasn’t wrong.

With this addition to Chrome OS, you can click the date in your Chrome OS status bar to reveal a full calendar with clickable dates to reveal any entry you’ve listed. For anyone who relies on both Chrome OS and Google Calendar, this will be a must-have.

Let me show you how to enable it.

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I will demonstrate with Chrome OS 102.0.5005.6 (developer version).

Are you ready to boost your Chrome OS Calendar experience? Of course you are. Here’s how.

Enabling Monthly Calendar View

Open Chrome on your Chromebook and enter the following in the address bar:

In the resulting screen, type calendar in the search bar and hit enter on your keyboard. In the resulting window (Figure 1), click the drop-down menu and select Enabled.

Figure 1

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The Chrome OS flags window is where you can get really granular configurations.

When prompted (Figure 2), click Restart.

Figure 2

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Once enabled, you must restart your Chromebook for the changes to take effect.

After your Chromebook restarts, log back in and click the date in the system tray (lower right corner of the screen). This will open the calendar preview (picture 3).

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The newly enabled calendar overview in Chrome OS.

Click on any date that displays a blue dot to reveal all of your events for that date (Figure 4).

Figure 4

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Clicking on a date reveals all events associated with that day.

If you click on one of these events, it will open Google Calendar in a tab or in its own window (depending on whether or not you have Google Calendar to open in its own application window).

And that, my friends, is how you make working with Google Calendar even more efficient on Chrome OS. Obviously, you can’t add or edit entries to your calendar from this feature, but if you constantly need to refer to Google Calendar on your Chromebook, this is the way to go.

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