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Access Google Calendar in Firefox the Easy Way

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Are you tired of switching back and forth between tabs (or windows) just to add new events to your Google Calendar? Then get ready to leave the tab switching behind with the GCal Popup extension for Firefox.


Usually if you need to add an event to your Google Calendar you have to open it in a new tab or window to access it. Once in a while is fine but if you have to do it often every day then no, not fine at all. Time to get Calendar access without leaving the tab that you happen to be currently viewing…



Once you install the extension that is all that you need to do. There are no options to bother with…you just need to make certain that your “Status Bar” is visible.

This is what the “Status Bar Icon” looks like…click on it to open your Google Calendar and click on it again to close it. Nice and simple…


For our example we were viewing an article that happened to provide the exact support cut-off date for Windows XP Service Pack 2. Definitely something to keep in mind for the upcoming year. As you can see our calendar popped up very nicely over top the current web page so that we could add the new event. The “shaded border” helps you keep focused on your calendar instead of things (such as flashing ads) in the background.

Note: You can resize the “Popup Window” by grabbing the lower right corner and expanding it to the desired size.


There is our new event all added in. This extension really makes working with Google Calendar a pleasure when you are having a hectic day and there are 10,000 things to keep track of.



If you have been looking for an easy way to access your Google Calendar while browsing then you should really give this extension a try. This is definitely a recommended must-have extension…


Download the GCal Popup extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/22/10

Comments (13)

  1. ArpitNext

    Not for Fx 3.6. :(

  2. RHPT

    How do you get a photo like that in your Calendar?

  3. wtfci

    Is this really that useful?

    You still need to return back to your Gmail for reference. This or just a tab away? I’ll take the tab away.

  4. Asian Angel

    @RHPT – Go to “Settings” then “Labs”…enable the “Background Image Feature” and “Save”. Once that is done switch back to “General” and you should see a “Calendar Background” entry near the bottom. That should get you set up with your own personalized background. ^__^

  5. Asian Angel

    @ArpitNext – The official release of 3.6 yesterday has found a few of my favourite extensions needing to be updated. :( Hopefully within this first week after release all of our favourites will be updated…

  6. David HS

    Fine idea, but is doesn’t work for the (now) current release of Firefox….

  7. Asian Angel

    @wtfci – For me this has been absolutely fantastic…I love the “pop in/pop out” on demand access without having to open (or maintain) a whole new tab. ^__^

  8. Asian Angel

    @ArpitNext & David HS – With the 3.6 release yesterday I was able to get GCal Popup to work again by forcing compatibility using this extension. I love this extension too much to be without it. ^__^

    MR Tech Toolkit

    Some people like to use the Nightly Tester Tools extension to get extensions working again too.

  9. Uncle Q

    Absurd. It POPS UP. Then it POPS OFF. Then UP. Then OFF. At about one-second intervals. A neon sign on my desktop. I’m uninstalling as soon as I hit “Submit Comment.”

  10. Asian Angel

    @Uncle Q – That sounds like there is a conflict of some sort with another extension.

  11. Gyffes

    Well, the opinions seem divided on this, so I’ll share what I currently use to get appointments into Gcal (and tasks into RTM) — Quicksilver.

    Yeah, I recognize it’s not for the Linux or Win crowd, but if you’re a Mac user, there’s nothing faster or more convenient for adding appts/tasks to either of these two.

    Downsides exist: to tweak settings (say, specify other than default calendar or change the alarm from default), you have to open gcal, but to merely get the bare facts down before they’re forgotten, CMD-Space > . > type type > Tab > “g” (brings up “Create Google Calendar Event”) > Return is way faster than switching to FF and either clicking that little calendar icon or finding the appropriate tab.

  12. Mark

    Great Post !!
    Do you know about a similar Chrome add-on ?

  13. Asian Angel

    @Mark – I have not found any similarly “styled” extensions for Chrome…there are some other calendar extensions available for Chrome but none of them are anywhere as nice as this. :(

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