How to Create Mini Calendars
Some programs let you create a monthly calendar using a calendar design wizard. If you resize these so that they are smaller, you can fit more than one on a page, or you can display a small calendar and other text on the same page. These mini calendars are useful for many types of planning or for printing up event calendars for your business or organization.
Things You'll Need
- Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher
Use Microsoft Publisher
Insert a calendar design gallery object in your document. Select "Design Gallery Object" from the "Insert" menu in Microsoft Publisher. Choose "Objects by Category" and select "Calendars." Choose a style that suits your purpose. Publisher will insert the calendar on your page.
Edit your calendar. Select the calendar and click on the Wizard icon at the bottom of it (it looks like a little magic wand). You can change the month and year by clicking on "Change the date range" on the bottom of the calendar design pane (Publisher defaults to the current month otherwise). Select the month and year you want from the drop-down menus.
Resize your calendar by dragging any of the corner handles. Publisher automatically places the calendar to fill the current page. To make a mini calendar, you will want to resize it, and also possibly move it. After resizing, you may need to make some or all of the font sizes smaller by highlighting them and changing the size in the toolbar.
Make another month. Copy the calendar you just created, paste it, move it into place and edit it to change it to another month. This will make a new month but will allow you to keep the new size and shape and any font changes you made.
Use Microsoft Word
Turn on the "Tables and Borders" toolbar by selecting it in the "Toolbars" section of the "View" menu, if it is not already on. Making a table is the best way to make a resizable mini calendar in Word.
Insert a table in your Word document by clicking on the "Insert Table" icon near the middle of the Tables and Borders toolbar. It is the icon that looks like a table.
Specify the number of rows and columns your table should have. If you want a normal seven-day-a-week calendar, choose seven columns and either four or five rows, depending on the month.
Resize the table by dragging the bottom-right-hand handle to make it a mini calendar. If your document is formatted with two or three columns, Word will size the table to fit the width of one column.
Type in numbers for the dates. If the month starts on a Wednesday, you would leave the first three cells blank and start with a "1" in the fourth cell. Continue typing all of the dates for the days of your month.
Format your calendar. Add another row at the top for days of the week, if you want them; click on the "Insert row" icon on the Tables and Borders toolbar, making sure your cursor is in one of the cells at the top row first. Highlight some or all of the cells and change the font style or size. Put your cursor in the very first cell and hit "Enter" to make a line of text above the calendar, and type the name of the month on that line.
Make another mini calendar. Once you have your calendar, you can copy and paste it, and edit the copy to make another month.
Tips & Warnings
- A page with three equal-sized columns and four rows can display a year's worth of monthly calendars.
- Choose a calendar layout with large numbers and a plain heading so that it will resize down and still be readable.
- Besides making your own calendars, you can use calendar templates online, such as those at PrintableCalendar.ca.