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WinCalendar

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WinCalendar by Sapro Systems simplifies the process of making calendars in Word and Excel. Working inside these Microsoft programs, WinCalendar also expands your options. Its templates and automated features generate colorful, flexible calendars for planning, notekeeping, and many other uses. It tracks holidays and much more; at least, the full version does. The free trial is intended as a demo of WinCalendar's capabilities, not as fully functional freeware, and the trial version limits several features, including holidays, calendar size, and format, and it places a watermark on saved calendars. Its comprehensive Help file and a wizard-based calendar maker do a respectable job of introducing this shareware Office add-on, though.

You'll have to close and reopen Word or Excel if they're open when installing WinCalendar. Our installation finished with the Help file's "How Do I?" page of quick links to all major topics. WinCalendar's controls showed up on Word's ribbon (Excel's, too). Aside from Register, About, and Help buttons, it only has two controls: Show WinCalendar and Calendar Maker. We started the Calendar Maker. This wizard-like tool offered lots of choices, starting with a menu of templates in the Type & Date Range field: weekly, monthly, yearly, schedule, and agenda; as well as Data & Format, Size & Orientation, and Options. When we tried accessing features disabled in the free trial, a nag message popped up. But we were able to make basic selections and preview them. Our finished product appeared in a new Word document. It was attractive and professional in execution, as good as any we'd seen. The watermark is large but faint, and major holidays were indicated in red (you can't customize them in the free trial). We could enter and save data like any calendar made in Word or Excel. WinCalendar worked equally well in both Office applications, with similar options and results.

About the Show WinCalendar button: clicking it produces a neat little desktop calendar with some interesting tricks; for example, clicking any highlighted date copies the day and date (in your format) into Word or Excel. Bottom line: The trial limits didn't obscure WinCalendar's capabilities.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of WinCalendar 3.43.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not support colors"

    January 27, 2014  |   By robpender

    Version: WinCalendar 4.18

    Pros

    easy to download

    Cons

    It does not do colors using automatic formatting like outlook

    Summary

    I switched from an Outlook calendar to a Google calendar and need to add the colors in each case so I will stick withe the imperfect Google calendar since it syncs perfectly with my Android phone

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free MS Office Calendar date picker"

    January 16, 2014  |   By frank_gb

    Version: WinCalendar 4.18

    Pros

    Comes with a free pop-up calendar that works with MS Office Word and Excel. Useful for picking and changing dates.

    Cons

    The calendar maker features are not free - albeit they didn't say it was.

    Summary

    best free date picker calendar for Microsoft Excel

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Looks good, but only paid version is functional"

    August 11, 2013  |   By Tripper33

    Version: WinCalendar 4.10

    Pros

    Looks very good and clearly presented info
    Transfer from google is easy

    Cons

    Too limited functionality; not enough entries transfer
    Too Costly for something that can be done for free with several other programs

    Summary

    I thought this would be a good addition to my google calendar offline. At first it seemed very good. But I realized that only one or two calendar entries are transferred to wincalendar in the FREE version.
    I don''t feel that it is worth the ANNUAL $99 fee to get the paid version. I have uninstalled it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "For Advanced Calendar Printing"

    April 28, 2013  |   By eva2cal

    Version: WinCalendar 4.06

    Pros

    i can edit calendar as Excel doc
    i can Edit calendar font and style
    i can use custom paper size

    Cons

    it does not store repeating events - but it does import them from Google Calendar

    Summary

    good for advanced calendar editing and printing.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Fine, until you want to uninstall"

    February 20, 2013  |   By Specimen_Unknown

    Version: WinCalendar 3.48

    Pros

    The install was easy

    Cons

    I can't remove it. When you run the uninstall it leave files everywhere, including within the registry. It is impossible to get rid of and now every time I open Excel I receive an error message. I am pretty computer literate but even my IT department is having a hard time removing all the tentacles this program has left behind.

    Summary

    Don't do it....unless you are certain that you will never want to uninstall it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far great!"

    February 18, 2013  |   By MistressMeadows

    Version: WinCalendar 3.48

    Pros

    Not sure, will keep in touch.

    Cons

    Not sure, will keep in touch.

    Summary

    I will update my review when I have more time to use WinCalender. thank you!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome, easy to use calendar"

    February 15, 2013  |   By JasonMalki

    Version: WinCalendar 3.48

    Pros

    I love this calendar on my windows desktop because it's so easy to access and I use it a lot when I am in a rush and need a good in depth calendar. It loads really quickly and offers everything I need.

    Cons

    None, it does the job for me.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A cool work around for creating DIY Pocket Calendars"

    January 11, 2013  |   By John-RegardingSolutions

    Version: WinCalendar 3.46

    Pros

    I was upset that Google has very limited options for formatting and printing out their calendars.
    WinCalendar allows me to import my info right into Excel and format it just the way I want. Now I can keep my online calendar AND print out a paper version to carry with me and make appointments.

    Cons

    This software does cost money to get the features I want. However, I'm starting to get more excited about paying developers to keep on creating products like this.

    Summary

    A nice tool to add to the kit for creating an integrated online-pocket scheduling tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Microsoft Word Compatible Calendar"

    December 30, 2012  |   By frank_gb

    Version: WinCalendar 3.46

    Pros

    -I can edit my Outlook calendar in Word
    -Supports many layouts
    -very easy to customize

    Cons

    MS Word can be tricky to edit

    Summary

    Works well for editing Outlook Calendar as Word document

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Only way to make a fully customizable event Calendar"

    December 13, 2012  |   By bliss_eventsplus

    Version: WinCalendar 3.46

    Pros

    I can import multiple calendars from Google and edit them in Excel. i can tweak format and edit like any Excel file till i get the exact format i need. i can add pictures too :-)

    Cons

    its not free.

    Summary

    the only way i could find to create a very specific formatted calendar using Google Calendar data

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