Google calendar has great flexibility with reminders, but the defaults are often useless without tweaking the settings. Here are some common notification settings you may want to change to suit your needs better.
Change Default Notification Settings
Click on the arrow next to the calendar name you want to change settings for and then click on notifications.
From the next page you can easily delete any of the default notifications for the calendar you chose.
Likewise you can add more reminders by clicking add a reminder.
Now whenever you create a new event for that calendar, only the default reminders will be used. You can still add or remove reminders per appointment, but without changing settings, the appointment will use the default options.
Add SMS Reminders
Another great feature of Google calendar is the ability to have SMS reminders. To get started, open the calendar settings in the top right corner or use the ‘s’ shortcut key.
Click on the mobile setup tab and enter your country and phone number into the options.
Click on the send verification code and wait for an SMS message. Once you receive the SMS, enter the verification code and click finish setup.
You will be redirected to the default notifications settings from before. Although this time you will have the option to add an SMS notification to your new appointments.
To view your calendar appointments via SMS you can text the following commands to GVENT (48368).
- next – SMS with your next appointment information
- day – SMS with all schedule events for the current day
- nday – SMS with all scheduled events for tomorrow
- Calendar details (i.e. “Write important paper on Tuesday at 9″) and Google will parse the information and create the event for you.
- stop – Stop all SMS notifications for all calendars
More Google Calendar Tricks
Don’t forget you can also set up desktop notifications for events. Likewise you can view your Google calendar in Windows calendar or Outlook with these simple steps, add calendar appointments from your browser address bar, and even embed your calendar onto your Linux desktop.
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- Published 01/31/11