Okay, it’s true: I tend to be a bit scatterbrained.
Surely it’s my job – I could probably even blame it on being a busy mom. Truth be told, though, I’ve always been this way, which is why using a calendar has been essential to my productivity.
Personally, I love paper calendars, especially the weekly Sierra Club ones. The problem is I never remember to bring it with me when I leave the house. To make matters worse, they’re not a lot of help when I need to e-mail dates to my boss or set up electronic reminders for my husband to take our son to basketball practice. Plus, I always forget to put my work meetings on my home calendar–which is probably at home anyway–or add my daughter’s ballet recital to my work calendar–which means I’ll end up missing the entire recital. Therefore, I have begun to rely heavily on electronic calendars.
This creates its own problem: I have to duplicate my calendar at work–which is on Outlook–and my home calendar–which is on Google–onto each other. Sound confusing? That’s where Google Calendar Sync comes in and saves my life.
Google Calendar Sync synchronizes events between your Google and your Outlook calendars. It’s an amazing tool that runs completely on its own and requires absolutely no input from you once it’s setup. There are several versions of Google Sync, but for this article we’re going to focus on the one for the PC desktop.
Before You Install Google Calendar Sync
- Setup Google Calendar Sync on the computer that has Microsoft Outlook.
- Before installing Google Calendar Sync, make sure Microsoft Outlook is closed. If it is not closed, close it or the download will not complete.
Installing Google Calendar Sync
1) From your internet browser, download Google Calendar Sync to your computer by clicking on the Download Google Calendar Sync link. (You don’t want Google Apps Sync – they’re two different things.)
2) When the prompt to download the program displays, click Run to run the downloaded program.
3) Read through the Google Calendar Sync Terms of Service as shown below then click on the I Agree button.
4) Choose the shortcut components to install from the window shown below. You can just choose the default of all 3 if you want.
5) Click Next.
6) Make sure the program is downloaded to the destination folder you want. If you are not sure about this option, go with the defaults and just click Install.
7) The download screen will appear as shown below. Let it complete.
8.) When download is complete, the complete screen shown below will appear. Click Close.
9) Click either on Google Sync icon on your desktop
or the status bar icon
located at the very bottom right of your screen. The sync options screen will display as shown below:
10) On the sync options screen above, complete the following then click Save:
- your e-mail and password for the account attached to the calendar you want to sync with Outlook
- the sync option you want.
The 2-way sync is the one which copies your Google events to your Outlook calendar and your Outlook events to your Google calendar, making them identical.
- the frequency which you want the sync to occur.
Syncing every 120 minutes is usually sufficient.
That’s it! Now you can access your home calendar at work and your work calendar at home or anywhere else in the world. Now if only you could automatically schedule the kids….
~Karen Powers Liebhaber