By Nerino Petro at 2 January, 2013, 6:45 pm
has published a Power through schedules with 21 Google Calendar tricks
article. If you use Google Calendar, either the free consumer version or the paid Google Apps for Business version, it's worth taking a look at this list. Tips include the simple like use keyboard shortcuts to specific recommendations from Google Labs. Find some excerpts after the break:
1. Use keyboard shortcuts
Don't reach for your mouse or touchpad–Google offers a long list of keyboard shortcuts that can save you time. Most are pretty intuitive; for starters, press the letter C on the keyboard to create an event. For more, check out the full list of shortcuts.
9. Schedule an event with a one-liner
Google Calendar can understand some of your language, which means that you can add an event with one line of text, and you don't need to fuss with the full Create Event form. Start by clicking anywhere in your calendar, and then fill out the text field. As Google suggests, think like a reporter and supply the "who," "what," "where," and "when" in a phrase. You can even set up recurring events by adding, for example, "the third Thursday of each month." By default, any event lasts an hour if you name a start time without an end time, or it lasts all day if you don't list a time at all.
15. See who's free or busy
This tip is useful if you frequently meet with the same person and already share a calendar with that coworker. When you enable the 'Free or busy' add-on (from the gear drop-down menu, choose Labs), that module appears along the right edge of your calendar. Type in your colleague's email address, and you'll get an always-on 'free' or 'busy' status message. No more walking down the hall to their empty office.
You can check out the other 18 tips here.