I’m less than impressed with some of Google’s free stuff. I supposed I shouldn’t complain, right?
I use Gmail, and there are some convenient aspects of Calendar which comes with it.
Printing isn’t one of them.
I don’t need to print my Google Calendar very often, so this isn’t a big deal. But, if I want anything that isn’t the plainest vanilla, the printing facilities offered by Calendar are inadequate.
But I figured out an easy workaround this morning.
- Set up your calendar the way you want it to look.
- Select print from the “More” drop down menu.
- Instead of sending it to a printer, choose “Save as” at the bottom; PDF is the only option (but saving to PDF is quicker than printing to a PDF file).
- Open the PDF calendar in Abobe. You still can’t edit it. But if export it to Word, it will be run through an OCR routine on the way.†
- Open the calendar in Word.
This actually takes advantage of the lack of features in Google’s Calendar: there’s nothing unusual in the layout that interferes with the OCR.
So you end up with a calendar in Word which is almost completely editable.
FWIW: I must not be the first person to have this problem. You’ll get several hundred thousand hits with the keywords “edit printed google calendar”, but many of them are for specialized software that you don’t need.
† OCR is short for optical character recognition: basically turning a picture of words into characters. The PDF that Calendar exports is the picture that can’t be edited like text, but the Word document will be in characters that can be edited like text.