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03 May 2010 @ 02:48 pm
Asking a favor: Microsoft Word Calendar Wizard  
ETA: Got what I needed. Thanks, everyone!

I used to use Microsoft Word's Calendar Wizard to generate the calendars I use for tracking my writing. It produces a very simple page-a-month calendar that looks like this:



I print it out, hang it on the wall over my writing chair, and put a colored star on each writing day. It's simple but generally quite effective.

Unfortunately, Microsoft Word for the Mac doesn't include the Calendar Wizard. When I switched from PC to Mac a few years ago I generated a file with a calendar through 2010 and have been printing a page a month since then. But that file is coming to its end, and I haven't found any easy way to generate a calendar that's this attractive. There are lots of online calendar generators but they are all butt-ugly.

I believe that the Calendar Wizard may have been dropped from Microsoft Word on the PC in more recent releases. I also seem to recall that it was an optional component and is not installed by default.

Are you running Microsoft Word 2000 or earlier under Windows? Do you have the Calendar Wizard? (According to http://www.ehow.com/how_2014970_calendar-microsoft-word.html you can find it by clicking on File, New, General Templates, and Other documents.) Would you be willing to generate a calendar that looks like the one above for, say, the years 2011-2015 and email it to me? If so, please leave a comment below. Thanks!
 
 
 
katybeth on May 3rd, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
It's in Word 2010 Beta. I can send calendars.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Would you please email it to me at dlevine@spiritone.com?
katybeth on May 3rd, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Huh. The result looks like the sample you posted except no boxes around the numbers, which might be a problem.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hm. I do use those boxes.

I seem to recall that the boxes were a formatting option, which might have been removed from later versions of the wizard for simplicity's sake. Or did I perhaps do a "select all" and turn on cell borders? It's been years.

Maybe someone else with an earlier version of Word will be able to help me. Thanks for trying!
katybeth on May 3rd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
BTW, the Calendar Wizard is now in the Office.com online templates section, under Calendars -> Other Calendars.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Tried that before posting here. It downloads a .CAB file and tells you to use a third-party tool to extract the template from it. I extracted a .WIZ file but I don't see any way to install it (I tried putting it in the templates directory but that didn't make it show up in the project gallery). I suspect it is Windows-specific.
katybeth on May 3rd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Ick. It does sound like they didn't bother making it work for Mac. I bet the lack of boxes is a porting bug. The calender style is even called "Boxes and Borders."
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
I got what I needed from someone with an older version of Word. Thanks for trying! And please do submit that bug.
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
No, I don't have Visio. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
R. Stuartwood_dragon on May 3rd, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
I have an old version of Word. If you still need the calendar, please let me know.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Would you please give it a try and email it to me at dlevine@spiritone.com?
R. Stuartwood_dragon on May 3rd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
It should be there. :-)
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Got it. Thanks!
ext_229054 on May 3rd, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Just emailed
I just emailed DOC and PDF versions of what you asked for (though I forgot the specific date range you wanted, and sent 2010-2016).
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Just emailed
Got 'em. Thanks!
Jay Lakejaylake on May 3rd, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
I have been known to print out Google Calendar, which produces a similar though slightly less clean image to what you posted.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
I got what I needed, but I'll keep that in mind for the future.
the laughing leaping water: dogcowminnehaha on May 3rd, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Use iCal, and uncheck all the Calendars you have made.

K.

Edited at 2010-05-03 10:16 pm (UTC)
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Unchecking all Calendars gives the error "Nothing to print." I can create an empty Calendar, but the date numbers are smaller than I'd like. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
Intelligentrixintelligentrix on May 3rd, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Hey David! I think I've made the kind of calendar you need and am emailing it to you. I hope it's useful, if not already redundant.
ext_229054 on May 3rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Looks like many of us did the same trick all at once!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks anyway! :-)
Ulrikaakirlu on May 3rd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Looks like you're covered and then some, but if for some reason not, I can do this at work for sure.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 3rd, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I got what I needed. Thanks for the offer, though!