How to Add Google Calendar to the Windows 10 Notification Area

This guide will take you step by step through the process of adding your Google Calendar to Windows 10 so that it can be accessed from directly within your “notification area” (previously called the system tray).

You’ll also be able to access it via the Calendar app, if you wish.

  1. Click the Windows 10 “Start” button and select Settings
  2. Click Accounts
  3. From the navigation panel on the left, select Email & accounts. In the panel on the right, click the Add an account button.
  4. Select Google
  5. Enter your Gmail address in the space provided and then click the Next button.
  6. Now enter your Google password in the space provided and click the Next button again.
  7. You’ll be prompted to allow Windows to access your Google account – click the Allow button.
  8. Finally, click the Done button.
  9. Before we jump to the Google Calendar part, let’s quickly make sure everything is configured the way you want it. Back in the Windows 10 Settings, select your newly created Gmail account and then click the Manage button.
  10. Click the link titled Opens for syncing your content
  11. From here you can choose which parts of your Google account you want to sync and include in Windows 10. It’s possible that you do not want to have your Gmail downloaded to the Microsoft Mail app – if that’s the case, toggle the Email switch to the OFF setting. If you don’t want your Google Contacts to sync with the Microsoft People app, toggle that switch to the OFF position. When you’ve made your selections click the Done button.
  12. Now open the Calendar app from the Start menu.
  13. In the panel on the left side of the app, expand the Gmail menu. Make sure your Google Calendars are listed (and remove the check mark from any you don’t want to display). You can close out of the Calendar app now.
  14. Click the time in your System Tray – ta-da!!! A calendar with your Google Calendar events will appear.

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