The easiest way to create a calendar in Excel is to use a professionally designed template. The free Excel Calendar Template on this page was one of my first and most popular templates. It is easy to use and includes useful features like common holidays, mini previous/next month calendars, and highlighted weekends. We have since created many other types of calendar templates, printable calendars, yearly calendars, planners, and schedules that you can find on our Calendar Templates page.
One of the reasons many people prefer using an Excel calendar over other calendar software is the flexibility a spreadsheet gives you when entering events, highlighting cells, formatting, etc. Excel, originally created for accounting purposes, has turned into one of the most popular tools for creating custom calendars.
Each of the Excel files includes a yearly calendar worksheet followed by 12 monthly calendars on separate worksheets. There are no complicated formulas in these files, so you can easily add events, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, to create calendars for your family, club, or organization. Some U.S. holidays and observances are already included.
These full-year calendar spreadsheets do not contain macros. You can change formatting, merge cells to create events spanning multiple days, and otherwise modify the calendar without having to worry about messing up the dates.
The screenshot on the left shows what our original free calendar template looked like. Before Excel 2007 came out with a good color palette, we used macros within the template to generate good color schemes for our calendars. Now, you can download the theme-enabled versions listed above if you want a way to easily pick different colors for your calendar.
We’ve created many different calendar templates since this original one. so if you are looking for something more perpetual, you can try our new Calendar with Holidays, or the Perpetual Calendar.