Creating a Calendar Tool

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 7, 2009)

Lydia asked if there was a way to add a calendar tool to Word, so that she could scroll through a calendar and select a date that she wanted to insert into her document. Unfortunately, there is no such capability in Word; the closest you can come is to add a calendar object to your document. Follow these steps if you are using a version of Word prior to Word 2007. (The Calendar Control is not available in Word 2007.)

  1. Position the insertion point where you wan the calendar to appear in your document.
  2. Display the New tab of the Object dialog box. (Choose Object from the Insert menu.)
  3. In the list of available objects, choose Calendar Control.
  4. Word inserts a calendar into your document, and the Control Toolbox appears. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Calendar Control.

With the calendar object in place, you can format it as you would any other object: right-click on it and choose Format Control. The various tabs in the resulting dialog box contain different settings that specify how the calendar should appear and behave in the document.

When your calendar appears as you want it to, click the Exit Design Mode tool on the Control Toolbox. (The tool is the one in the upper-left corner of the toolbox.) The calendar is now "active," and you can select any date in it that you wish. The control is actually part of the document, much as an inserted picture would be part of the document. You cannot use the calendar control to insert dates (without doing some macro programming), but you can use it to provide a reference for any date between 1900 and 2100.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3919) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Selecting a Language

Need to format a paragraph (or some selected text) so that it is a language other than English? You can do so easily by ...

Discover More

AutoFilling Numbers with a Trailing Period

The AutoFill tool is very handy when it comes to quickly filling cells with a sequence of values. Sometimes, however, it may ...

Discover More

Maintaining Proper Hyperlinks in Word 2000 and Later

Keeping hyperlinks properly working in a group of documents can be a challenge. Here's a way that you can make sure that Word ...

Discover More

The First and Last Word on Word! Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin puts his usual fun and friendly candor back to work to show you how to navigate Word 2013. Spend more time working and less time trying to figure it all out! Check out Word 2013 For Dummies today!

MORE WORDTIPS (MENU)

Folder Locations for Add-Ins

Add-ins can be stored in a number of different places on a computer system. This tip explains the many different places you ...

Discover More

Where Are Word's Settings Stored?

Ever wonder where Word stores all its settings and configuration information? There are only three places where this ...

Discover More

Canceling a Command

Tired of waiting for a command to finish running? You can use the same shortcut to cancel a command that you use to dismiss ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments for this tip:

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.

Links and Sharing
Share