As the new year approaches, everybody realizes they need a new calendar, and I usually see a huge spike in traffic from people returning to download next year’s calendar. I also tend to get a lot of emails from people asking questions like “Where can I find the download for the such-and-such calendar?” That’s partly because over the years I’ve added a lot of new templates to my collection, making it harder for people to find the one they’ve used previously.
This year I decided to try writing up a post to highlight the most popular calendar templates. I’ll also be using this post to answer common questions that I get this year, so feel free to leave your comments below.
9 times out of 10, the calendar people are looking for is the one shown on the left. The 2013 calendar is included in the main download found on my Excel Calendar Template page.
You can also find direct links to these monthly calendars in both portrait and landscape orientation on my 2013 Calendar page (near the bottom of the page).
This year I created new theme-enabled versions for Excel 2010 that allow you to easily change the color scheme and fonts used in the calendar. The image below shows some of the variety you can get by just changing the theme. You’ll find the link to this version of the 2013 calendar on the Excel Calendar Template page.
The Perpetual Calendar template is the calendar that I’ve been using the past few years. It evolved from the above template, but because it’s “perpetual” you only need to download it once, and it will work for future years. I have one copy saved that has all the birthdays and anniversaries that I need to remember each year. Then, whenever I need to create a new calendar for the year, I just make a copy of that one, change the year, and then add in all the other events. I use this template to print out monthly calendars that I can keep on my desk.
Many people just want to quickly print a simple blank calendar. If that’s you, you can find a variety of printable monthly calendars in PDF format on our Printable Calendars page. Although we mainly concentrate on providing spreadsheet tools, we still offer simple blank calendars that you can print instantly from PDF files.
There are many uses for printing an entire year on a single page, or even on a business card. The last time I was at the doctor’s office I noticed that in every room near the computer they had a yearly calendar taped to the wall.
Like the perpetual calendar template above, all of the Yearly Calendars are designed to work for any year so that all you need to do is change the year and everything else updates. It should be obvious what cell you need to update to change the year (though I still get a lot of emails from people who don’t realize that they can change the year).
5. Create Your Own Photo Calendar
If you’d like to create a photo calendar for your local club or maybe to share with your extended family, you can use our Photo Calendar template.
Although it can be used for many purposes (such as shift schedules or a daily checklist), this Annual Calendar was designed originally as a resolution tracker. When my life gets crazy busy, I find myself having to go back to using this calendar to list all of the important daily activities so that I don’t get too far out of balance.
Whether it’s cost or just liking to write instead of tap, people who like paper-based planners usually have a good reason for not using electronic PDAs. Or, if they are like me, they use both. I created the daily planner, weekly planner, and monthly planner by trying to combine all of the things that I really liked about various other types of planners into spreadsheets that could be used to print out blank pages.
If you browse Vertex42.com, you’ll find even more calendars, schedules, and planners. I always welcome new ideas, so feel free to add your comments below.