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Mac OS X: Add a Basic Calendar to Menu Bar

If you just need access to a basic Calendar in Mac OS X, you have to open the Dashboard. Or launch iCal – which isn’t a basic calendar at all. Here’s a free app that gives you access to a calendar by clicking the clock – similar to Windows.

Windows Calendar Clock

By default, the calendar widget is only available via the Dashboard.

Dashboard Calendar OS X

To get easy access to a basic calendar on the OS X desktop, download Day-O Calendar. It unzip the file and double click the installer file.
install DAY-O

That’s it! Now you’ll have a digital clock with a calendar icon. Click on it to view the calendar.

Day-O Calendar

There are a couple of Preferences, the main one to point out is whether to have it run when you log in or not.


One thing you’ll want to do is remove the clock from the Menu bar. Or change the digital clock to an analog icon. Otherwise you have two clocks showing.

two clocks

To get rid of the other one, click the clock and select Open Date & Time Preferences.

clock prefs

The Date & Time Preferences screen comes up. Click the Clock button. Uncheck Show Date and Time in Menu Bar.

uncheck clock

Sometimes the little things make all the difference in an operating system. Adding the Day-O Calendar in Mac OS X provides a faster way to easily check a calendar at a glance. Groovy!

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2 Responses to Mac OS X: Add a Basic Calendar to Menu Bar

  1. Allan Ogg February 23, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    I’ve been using a similar utility for some time…

    Pretty old but nicely customizable and still works under 10.7.

  2. Brian Burgess February 28, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    @Allan Ogg: Thank you for the tip on this. I’ll give it a try!

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