A Simple Unobtrusive Portable Desktop Calendar


If you are looking for a full blown desktop calendar which includes to-do lists, reminders, and all manner of extraneous features, this will not be of much interest to you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a light, simple, unobtrusive desktop calendar which includes a basic ‘reminders’ feature and has the additional advantage of being portable, then read on.

I’ve never needed nor wanted a complicated desktop calendar. In my Windows 7 system I have always utilized the mega simple calendar gadget which sits unobtrusively in the sidebar and merely displays the date in calendar form; no to-do lists, no reminders, just the date. Then, when I installed Windows 8, I found that I missed the Windows 7 calendar gadget sitting on the desktop and so went looking for a suitable alternative.

My primary requirements were for simple, unobtrusive, and preferably portable. After much searching, during which time I came across countless desktop calendars of the complex and obtrusive variety, I finally found one which fitted my criteria perfectly… it’s equally simplistic handle is ‘Desktop Calendar’ and it’s developed by a chap named Glenn Delahoy.

Desktop Calendar portable – download and usage

Desktop Calendar is a 509KB zip download extracting to just under 1MB and scans 100% clean through Virus Total. Double clicking the extracted executable opens the calendar on the desktop and it is then just a simple matter of dragging and dropping to the preferred screen location:

Screenshot is actual size

Screenshot is actual size

The calendar background is totally transparent, what you are seeing behind it is actually my desktop wallpaper. The back and forward arrows across the bottom navigate between previous years and months, and future years and months respectively. There is no system tray icon, all settings and options are available via right click menu from within the calendar itself. You can configure display options, change font and colors, as well as choose to display the calendar on startup:

desktop calendar - appearancedesktop calendar - start with windows

Setting reminders is very easy, simply right click on the desired date and choose “Edit Reminders”. In the new window which opens, click the ‘Add’ button, type in a suitable description, select a color-coded reminder type from from the drop down menu, and click Apply:


desktop calendar - setting reminders

The selected date will now be highlighted in the designated color and a similar notation appended to the bottom of the calendar:

desktop calendar - appointment

You can download Desktop Calendar from the developer’s site here: http://www.glenn.delahoy.com/software/index.shtml

There is a comprehensive ‘Read Me’ guide included in the download which describes all aspects of Desktop Calendar’s features and options. The same guide is also available by clicking on the ‘More Info’ link on the developer’s site (as per above link).

Obviously not every software is going to suit every individual but Desktop Calendar is exactly what I was looking for. If you are looking for something similar, I can highly recommend Desktop Calendar.

About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele… as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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