Change the Default Google Calendar View and Customize it

Change the Default Google Calendar View and Customize it

Most of us understand the different views available on a calendar tool and online calendars, like Google’s. I am referring to the day, week, and month options that you can toggle. On Google, there are also the additional options of 4 days view and agenda view. However, when you open Google Calendar, it always shows the month view. But, let’s say you want to work with your calendar in week view or something that suits your preference (like the 4 weeks in the image above, which by default contained the 4 day view).

Tweaking settings to avoid manual effort in switching the view each time you log in can be done. Read on to learn about the available customizable options in this context.

A useful tip: If you want to add public holidays to your Google calendar, check out our detailed guide.

Steps to Change Default Google Calendar View

We will learn the steps to create a custom view and choose a default setting.

Step 1: Log in to your Google account and go to the Calendar tab.

Step 2: Access Calendar Settings. There are two ways to do this – either click the gear icon at the top of any Google Calendar page and select Settings, or click the drop-down icon for your calendar in the left pane of the interface and select Settings.

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Step 3: On the Calendar Settings page, switch to the General settings tab.

Step 4: Scroll down to the options for Show weekends, Default view, and Custom view. Step 5: Depending on your default view requirements, choose a different value for the custom tab (see figure- 4 weeks). The available options range from 2 to 7 days and 2 to 4 weeks.

Also, set the options for showing weekends to yes or no. I prefer to have it set to No. Once you understand these settings, choose the default view (Day, Week, Month, Custom View, or Agenda).

Step 6: Before you leave this page, remember to click on the Save button shown in the picture under Step 3.

This is how my calendar looks and opens by default when I launch Google Calendar.

Change the Default Google Calendar View and Customize it

Yet Another Tip

Besides all available options to set preferences, there could be times when you quickly want to take a look at a specific number of days and dates. In such a scenario, simply drag from the start date to the end date on the left pane mini calendar.

Change the Default Google Calendar View and Customize it


Setting the default view may seem like a small thing, but it can save regular tool users a considerable amount of time. What are your thoughts on this? Share your default view and the reason behind it.

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