Although many people have made the leap from paper planners to electronic ones, paper planners still have a lot going for them. It's faster to write something down than to type it on a tiny smartphone keyboard, and when your schedule is in a binder instead of on a device, you never have to worry about your battery dying. Daily Planner for Excel is a basic planner template that lets users create and print planner pages. It's nothing fancy, but it works just fine if you need a simple way to create your planner.
The template opened without issues in Excel and displayed an attractive-looking planner page. The day starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m., with each daytime hour divided into 15-minute increments. There's also space for notes, reminders, to-do lists, people to call, and expenses. Three small monthly calendars at the top of the template display the current month and the ones immediately before and after it; changing the daily date at the top of the template automatically updates these calendars. An additional template with macros lets users print planner pages for multiple days, a nice touch that makes it easy to print a week's--or month's--worth of planner pages at one time. The templates come with brief instructions, but if you've ever used Excel before, it should all be pretty self-explanatory.
Overall, Daily Planner for Excel didn't particularly impress us, but if you need an easy way to create planner pages without a lot of bells and whistles, it will do the job just fine.
The free Daily Planner for Excel is a spreadsheet template by Vertex42.com designed to help you print daily planner pages on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. You can use just about any inexpensive 3-ring binder. If you prefer paper planners over electronic versions, this may be the perfect solution to help you organize your week in a simple and efficient manner. If you are familiar with Microsoft Excel's print settings and page setup options, you'll find that you can scale the daily planner to be printed on other size paper as well. The daily planner includes most of the common sections that you will find in other planners, such as sections for recording notes, daily expenses, holidays and special events, prioritized tasks, people to call, and of course appointments. You can change labels, change the hours listed, and make other formatting changes. Miniature monthly calendars show the prior, current, and next month at the top of the page, with the current week highlighted. One of the advanced features is the ability to list annual events like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Up to 3 events per day will be listed automatically in the planner (see the Help in the Events worksheet). Note that if you enter tasks or appointments directly into the planner, they won't change when you change the week. If you want to save an electronic copy instead of printing, just save a backup copy of the spreadsheet. The ZIP download contains two files. The basic version (printable-daily-planner.xls) does not contain any macros, and you print one day at a time. If you want to automatically print a range of days, use the version with the macro (printable-daily-planner_macro.xls). See the Excel help about how to enable macros.