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How to Quickly Customize a Google Slides Calendar Template

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Using a calendar slide in a presentation is a great way to let your audience know about key dates for your business. Whether you're planning a long-term project or simply promoting an upcoming event, one of the quickest ways to share this information is via a Google Slides calendar.

Google Slides calendar template on Envato Elements
Planner Presentation Google Slides template from Envato Elements.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to quickly customize a Google Slides calendar template to keep everyone in the loop. You can easily follow this tutorial by downloading an editable Google calendar template from Envato Elements or a Google calendar presentation on GraphicRiver.

Why Use Custom Google Slides Calendar Templates?

Creating a calendar design can be a tricky and time-consuming process, because of all those boxes and dates. It's one main reason why templates rock. Whether you want to create a 12-month calendar or design using a monthly calendar template, save a lot of time by using an editable calendar design.

If you're looking for a quick way to create a calendar slide, Google Slides makes a great alternative to PowerPoint. It autosaves your work and you can easily pick up your design and continue working on it from any device.

Best Elements Google Slides Calendar Templates From Envato Elements

Let's look at four of our favorite Google Slides calendar templates. They're all available thanks to Envato Elements:

1. 2020 Calendar Template

Google Calendar presentation

If you want to learn how to make a calendar in Google Slides, here's the best tip: don't do it yourself. This template gives you stylized options for every month of the year. Use it to celebrate holidays or create the mood for the month ahead.

2. Safara - Google Slides Template + 2020 Calendar

Safara calendar for Google Slides

For a stylish and modern calendar for Google Slides, Safara is the perfect option. You could even customize the calendar slides in this, then insert it into another presentation. This presentation template has slides for many purposes, including a stylish calendar option.

3. Business Tool 2020

Business calendar for Google Slides

Businesses tie so much of their activity to the calendar. There are the annual reports, quarterly strategy reviews, and monthly financial close cycles. This template with calendars for Google Slides is a business-focused visual design with calendar options.

4. Timeflies | Google Slides Template

Timeflies calendar Google Slides

Time flies when you have fun using a great Google Slides calendar template for 2020. This aptly-named presentation makes it easy to focus your presentation on the months of the year. It's easy to see how to make a calendar in Google Slides when you start with a template.

Best Creative Calendar Slide Templates on Envato Elements (With Unlimited Use)

While Google Slides has some built-in templates you can use, the number of designs is quite limited. So, if you really want to find the best blank calendar templates, Envato Elements is a great place to start. It's got hundreds of online calendar templates, and there's a great offer you can get today. Download as many templates as you want for just one low price.

Editable calendar on Envato Elements
Just some of the many online calendar templates you'll find on Envato Elements.

Envato Elements can also help you create a new Google calendar for other software applications, such as a Google Docs calendar or a Keynote calendar.

And of course, you can use many of the Google Slides calendar templates to create a PowerPoint calendar as well. Learn how in How to Quickly Insert a Calendar in PowerPoint With Templates.

What You Need to Customize Your Template

Here's a tip before you get started using a template. Preparing your content in advance will help the editable calendar slide design process go faster. At the very least, you'll want to have your title and slide description ready, and to know the key dates and events you want to showcase in your calendar.

Plus, check out your calendar template and see where else you'll need placeholder text and prepare this in advance. And find some images in case you want to add a background image on your calendar slide. You can also find plenty of images to illustrate your presentations in calendars for Google Slides on Envato Elements, and Google calendar presentations on GraphicRiver.

How to Make a Customized Online Calendar Template in Google Slides for 2020

Now you've got your info ready, let's look at the process of customizing your editable calendar for Google Slides.

Plan calendar for Google Slides
We'll work with the Planner Presentation Google Slides template in this section.

For this project we'll use the Planner Presentation Google Slides template from Envato Elements. Let's get started:

1. Choose Your Template

The first step is to find your template. As mentioned earlier, Envato Elements has hundreds of calendar for Google Slides template designs to choose from. Go to the website and choose Presentation Templates to the right of the search box. This will limit your search to templates that are suitable for including in a presentation.

Type the words "monthly planner" into the main search box to easily identify templates that include a slide with a calendar format. Then use the filtering tool to the left of the page and click Google Slides to select only those that are compatible with Google Slides.

choose template

Browse the available options and click to see a preview of any that you find interesting. Make sure your chosen design includes colors that match your branding or that you can change easily.

It's also worth checking for the right editable calendar format. There's no point in downloading a template with only a 12-month calendar if you need a monthly calendar template. Look out for special decorative features such as icons and graphics that you can use to really make your Google Slides calendar stand out.

2. Download and Unzip the Online Calendar Template

If you've got an Envato account, add your chosen template to a project. Then click Add & Download to download it to your computer.

Click on the file to unzip it, then go to the Planner Google Slides Template folder. 

online calendar template

Then go to Main Files. Choose between light and dark versions. I'm using the light version for this tutorial.

You'll find blank calendar templates in different colours in each folder. These are in PowerPoint format, but they'll work beautifully with Google Slides.

create new google calendar with these templates

I'm going to work with the blue and green template. 

3. Import the Calendar Slide into Google Slides

The next step is to go to Google Drive. If you're logged into your Google account, you can access this from the app menu next to the Notifications icon. Once you're in Google Drive, click on New, then File Upload, and upload the chosen blank calendar template into Google Slides.

Google Drive

Click on the file you just uploaded to open it in Google Slides.

Google slides calendar template uploaded

This should be an automatic process. But if it doesn't work, follow our instructions for converting the PowerPoint file to Google sites format.

4. Replace Placeholder Text

Next, go to the editable calendar slide and start to customize it. All slide templates include placeholder text, which you can change to meet your needs. Here's how the slide I chose looks before you start customizing.

editable calendar slide

Start by editing the title. Double click on the words "plan schedule" to select them and type your own text into the box.

blank calendar template - Google Slides

Note that when you click on a text box, handles appear. Use these to change the position of the text. 

You can also use the font, size, and formatting tools in the menu above to further edit your title text. Here, I've changed the title color to blue to match the calendar boxes.

monthly calendar template - changing color

Follow the same process to edit the placeholder subtitle text. By default, Google Slides fits each slide into the available space. If you want to change that so you can see the text easily, go to View > Zoom and adjust the view to your desired size.

Zoom to edit Google Slides template calendar

5. Change the Dates

Next, check the dates in your template. The calendar slides will have a default layout, but it may not be exactly right for the period you're planning to present.

To change a number, follow the same process as for editing headline and subtitle text. Double-click on the number to highlight it as shown below and type your replacement number in the text box. Do this for all the numbers you want to change.

Edit numbers on Google calendar slide

And remember, use text box handles to change the position of the numbers if you need to.

6. Add Event Descriptions

Customizing your Google Slides monthly calendar template isn't just about fixing the dates. You'll also want to change event descriptions to highlight the milestones that are important to your business or project.

To do this, double-click the text in each colored text box and type your replacement text inside it. I've done this by using the Zoom feature mentioned earlier.

editable calendar for Google Slides

7. Add Icons

Many presentation templates include vector icons that you can use to further customize your Google Slides calendar template. This particular template set stores the icons in a separate presentation file. Follow the process outlined earlier to import this file to Google Slides.

Open the file and click on the icon you want to use. Go to Edit > Copy to copy the icon.

vector icons for monthly calendar template

Then return to your original calendar slide and use Edit > Paste to paste it in the document.

Calendar for Google Slides - paste icon

Use the on-screen handles to move it into the right position and resize it as needed.

Calendar for Google Slides - resize icon

Repeat the process for any other icons you want to use.

8. Change Colors

While many online calendar templates have extra colors available, these may not be exactly right for the design or branding you want. To change colors, click on an element, like the background box on one of the calendar items. Go to the paint bucket icon in the Google Slides menu.

Change color Google Slides calendar

Select a new color. It's applied immediately.

9. Proofread

The final step is to make sure that your online calendar is correct. Since errors make your business look less professional, proofread your calendar. If you're not confident in your proofreading skills, consider hiring a proofreading service to help you with this.

If you're using your Google Slides calendar as a stand-alone presentation, then you're ready to print and publish it. Otherwise, use the copy and paste command shown earlier to copy the content of your slide into another presentation. Here's how the final slide looks.

Final Google Slides calendar

5 Quick Google Slides Calendar Presentation Design Tips for 2020

These templates and techniques offer a jump start creating your own calendar for Google Slides. But to really stand out, you need to adopt the most modern styles. Get up-to-date on Google Slides calendar presentation design with these five quick tips for 2020:

1. Illustrate by Season

On a calendar, one month looks much like another. Adding some fun design elements helps you stand out. One way to do that is to add seasonal imagery. Think of Valentine’s Day graphics in February and autumn leaves in October. 

Calendar for Google Slides
This bright 2020 calendar template includes plenty of seasonal style.

These seasonal graphics build powerful associations in the minds of your audience. That'll help them to always remember key dates.

2. Use Vivid Colors

Great presenters avoid packing too much detail on a single slide. Unfortunately, calendars include weeks of details and may come out looking pretty small. 

Highlighting specific dates with vivid colors is a quick way to add contrast to your Google calendar presentation. With Google Slides, you can add custom colors to any object with just a few simple clicks.

Learn exactly how in our complete overview of color changing in Google Slides:

3. Add an Agenda

When you’re building a calendar for Google Slides, focus on a date itself is important. But it doesn’t tell the whole story. Craft a compelling agenda and place it next to the calendar to add context. Whether you’re sharing meeting minutes or planning a special day, this design technique brings your calendar to life.

Google calendar presentation
Build visually stunning and detailed calendars in Google Slides with an agenda.

4. Share Calendars With Your Team

One of the greatest things about Google Slides is the full set of collaboration features. Your Google calendar presentations shouldn’t live in a vacuum. In fact, they’re at their best when shared with your team. Instantly broadcast agendas, or let your group add their own highlights to the calendar. 

Whatever you choose, Google Slides makes sharing a breeze. To learn more, dive into our fully-featured tutorial on how to collaborate using Google Slides:

5. Share a Month at a Glance

Outlining a particular month gives you the best of both worlds. You can focus on details while keeping the bigger picture in mind. A monthly planner like this boosts engagement and keeps crucial goals front and center. 

google slides calendar template 2020
This modern Google Slides calendar for 2020 helps you plan the month ahead.

Whether you’re commemorating milestones or planning your next success, monthly calendars for Google Slides are the perfect tool for success.

More Google Slides Template Resources

You've now seen that a template is a great resource while learning how to make a calendar in Google Slides. But if you think you've seen every great template, guess again!

Here are three more articles with outstanding Google Slides templates. You could even use one of these in conjunction with another Google Slides calendar template in 2020 to create a stylish presentation.

Google Slides Calendar Templates on GraphicRiver

If you're always creating calendars for Google Slides, and want lots of choice, then Envato Elements is a great option.

But if you're looking for an editable Google calendar presentation for a one-off project, then GraphicRiver is worth a look. You can easily find individual templates at an affordable price. Here are three GraphicRiver online calendar templates to consider:

1. Event & Calendar GGS Template

Evant  Calendar Google Slides Template

The Event & Calendar template will allow you to quickly create a Google Slides calendar. It includes a wide range of calendar visualizations, as well as vector icons and maps for more customization.

2. Blur Google Slides Template 

Blur Google Slides calendar template

This template set includes monthly calendar slides. Easily customize these to meet your needs. Use the other presentation slides to showcase company data.

3. Inspired Multipurpose Google Slide Template

Inspired Google Slides template calendar

You won't be short of ways to present your calendar and events with this template set. With templates for individual months, groups of months, and individual events, this is the ideal template set for creating a Google Slides calendar.

Common Google Slides Presentation Questions Answered (FAQ)

Thinking about using Google Slides to build your next presentation? Chances are, you might have a few questions. Below, we’ve answered some of the common questions people ask about Google Slides to help you decide:

1. Should I Use PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides?

Choosing an app to build your presentations can be tough. You need to match your goals and objectives with the features that make them possible. Like any project, you need the right tools to get the job done. 

To guide your choice between PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides, we’ve compiled a full comparison in this helpful tutorial:

2. Can I Use PowerPoint (PPTX) Files in Google Slides?

Yes! Google Slides is designed to support the .ppt and .pptx template formats native to Microsoft PowerPoint. It’s incredibly easy. Simply drag and drop the .ppt file into your Google Drive account, then select Open with Google Slides. 

Here’s a tutorial with plenty of useful tips:

3. Can I Collaborate With Google Slides?

Collaboration is a critical component of any presentation. Whether your team helps you build slides, or just views them later, easy sharing is essential. Fortunately, Google Slides is truly built for teams. 

Working together is easy, and you can begin with just a few clicks. We’ve created a full-featured tutorial on sharing in Google Slides to help you get started:

4. How Do I Create Charts With Google Slides?

Charts are one of the best ways to visualize data. You can build them in two ways with Google Slides. Choose a premium template with designs already built-in. Or, navigate to the Insert tab of Slides and choose Chart.

Here’s a Google Slides chart tutorial with plenty of details:

5. Can You Add YouTube Videos to Google Slides?

Yes, easily. Embedding video can provide a full-featured presentation experience that basic slides can’t match. Use it to allow your audience to hear other voices as you deliver a presentation. 

Learn to add YouTube videos to your Slides presentations here:

Learn More About Google Slides

Want to get more Google Slides tips to make your calendar presentations even more effective? Check out the articles below:

Get a Unique Google Slides Calendar Template Today!

Now it's your turn. Choose an online calendar template for Google Slides from Envato Elements or Google calendar presentation from GraphicRiver. Start creating your own calendar for Google Slides today. With a professional template keep your project on track and wow your audience.

Editorial Note: This tutorial was originally published in May of 2019. It's been comprehensively revised to include new information—with special assistance from Andrew Childress.

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