Simple tray calendar

Keep it simple with this free calendar display tool.

QuickMonth Calendar is just the sort of freeware we love to see; it's compact, simple, and focused on its task. It does one thing: it pops up a calendar display near the system tray when you hover the cursor over the system time and date display. Calendars may be the most easily overdone feature in the software universe, integrating everything from note keepers to obscure historical facts to musical alerts when, 99 percent of the time, all you want to do is look at the calendar. Even the decent Windows tray calendar requires mouse clicks to open and close, but QuickMonth Calendar needs but a flick of the wrist to view and close the calendar.

QuickMonth Calendar opens with a properties dialog for configuring basic settings and some options. We dragged the cursor over the system date display, and QuickMonth's calendar display appeared; we rolled the cursor away, and the calendar vanished. Small arrows let us scroll through the months; clicking Today instantly returned the calendar to the current month with today's date highlighted. Left-clicking the month's name changed the display to a box listing all 12 months for quick access; left-clicking it again shifted to a view displaying the years of the decade; another click called up a decade-by-decade view of the current century. The century display only goes back to 1600 A.D. but goes forward to 9999 A.D. Clicking Today in any of these expanded views takes you to the appropriate decade, year, or month of the current date, depending on the view you're in; you can also configure the program not to return to today's date at all. As Windows utilities go, QuickMonth Calendar may be small and simple, but it's not without its tricks. It automatically orients itself near the time display, even when you move the toolbar, and takes the color of your Windows theme, automatically changing when you change themes. Right-clicking the calendar calls up the program's properties dialog; this let us configure the program's keyboard shortcut (the default is Win+Q) and set hover delay, the X- and Y-axis settings, and start-up options, among other choices.

Svelte system calendars typically start sprouting appendages until they've grown into "desktop suites" or "personal managers." QuickMonth Calendar shows that, in software, simple is still better.

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