Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A mutual calendar

We like to share a mutual calendar.  But we each have events that we want on the calendar that don't pertain to the other.  We used to keep our calendar on Outlook, the Microsoft email software. But after retiring, we switched to Google.  Any connected device can show our email but it is easier and faster to see things with Google, since their whole operation is on web pages, not stand-alone software that gets loaded onto our computers.  

If you have a Gmail email address and you sign into Gmail, you can see the Google App Launcher.  It's a small 3x3 set of nine dots and it is in the upper right corner of the page. When you click on it, you see the icons for many of the Google services.  I use my Google Drive, and the word-processor that comes with it, the spreadsheet and many other Google services every day. If you don't have a Gmail address, you will find it convenient to give yourself one.  

One of the Google services is Google Calendar.  It's icon looks like this

One of the features I like on Google Calendar is that we can each view just our own events or the whole set of all events related to either of us or both with one click.

It came naturally to me to focus on message creation and message reception when I first got email.  But over time, I have come to realize that the contacts (address book) and my calendar are as important, maybe more important than yet another message from my car dealer explaining the great sales this week.

In this time of cellphones, having a friend's phone number or numberS is quite valuable.  Similarly, if today's dental appointment is 30 minutes from now, it is very valuable to be aware of that.

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