The Compact Calendar shows an entire year on a single sheet of paper, designed for quick week-based planning and scheduling. You can automatically generate one for any starting date, complete with holidays. Download either the editable Excel source files, or just grab the PDFs for quick printing. The download links are at the top-right of this page. You can post comments about the 2014 calendar on the 2014 announcement page.
The Compact Calendar presents days as a continuous candy bar of time. Because the weeks are presented as a stack of available time, it’s easy to block out days naturally as you think. There’s a lot of free space available on the right-side of the sheet for note taking.
If you download the Excel version, you can easily change the starting date to generate a new calendar for any year you need. You can add your own holidays, too.
The download comes as a ZIP archive containing three Excel 2007 templates and six PDF versions, for all three week styles in both A4 and US Letter sizes. Optionally, you can download just the PDFs in either A4 or US Letter sizes.
The week styles are:
While the Excel templates include US holidays, it’s pretty easy to customize them for any country.
TIP: If you’d like to know more about the design and use of the calendar, the page Using the Compact Calendar will give you the additional details.
You’ll need Microsoft Excel 2007 or better to modify the Compact Calendar’s XLTX files. If you are using an older version of Office on Windows, this downloadable service pack from Microsoft may help.
NOTE: The Compact Calendar is saved as an Excel Template (XLTX) file. If you double-click an Excel template file, it opens a copy that you can save without modifying the master template. If you want to edit the template itself, you should use FILE->OPEN menu from within Excel itself instead of double-clicking the file icon.
After you open the .xltx file, there are several worksheets (see the bottom of the screen) for the 12-month, 16-month, Holiday, and Instructions table:
Modifying the starting day of the calendar is very easy: just edit the starting date by typing in a new one. The calendar will update automatically.
If you need to make a longer calendar, that’s easy too: just extend the range as you would normally with any list in Excel. Incidentally, the Excel spreadsheet also includes a 16-month calendar as a separate worksheet.
Changing the background colors is a little trickier; you’ll have to edit the conditional formatting in use on the worksheet. This video might help:
Please note that Microsoft Excel 2007 or newer is required. Other software like Open Office, Google Docs, and Numbers may import the Excel spreadsheet, but due to differences in the way they handle dates you should double-check that the calendars are correct.
For the official USA version, each zip archive includes with three templates (xltx). Printable PDFs included in each download. If you are using an older version of Excel, see Microsoft's update directions to add XLSX/XLTX file compatibility.
The international versions are NOT created by me. Please read the instructions on the international contributor’s website for a description of the download content.
Got a comment or information about your own version of the Compact Calendar? Leave a note on the 2014 Compact Calendar Announcement.
Please read Downloading Instructions if you have any problems.
Excel Source Package by Dave Seah w/ major US holidays. This includes all the 2014 PDFs in addition to the editable Excel source templates.
US PDF Package contains PDFs formatted in the US Letter (8.5 x 11 inch) paper size.
A4 PDF Package contains PDFs formatted in the A4 international paper size.
These are links to translations made by various people around the world. Thank you, everyone!
Note: Not all versions use the latest Compact Calendar code, so features and formatting vary. A + indicates calendars that are updated yearly by the translator.
Calendario 2014 (Argentina) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendário 2014 (Brazilian Portuguese) by André Luiz Bernardes +
Calendario 2014 (Chile) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendario 2014 (Columbia) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendario 2014 (Ecuador) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendario 2014 (Guatemala) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendario 2014 (Mexico) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendario 2014 (Peru) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendario 2014 (Uruguay) by Jeroen Sangers +
Calendario 2014 (Venezula) by Jeroen Sangers +
2014年カレンダ (Japan) by Momo
Calendar 2014 (Malaysia) by oboitoke
Calendrier 2014 (France) by Jean-Philippe Papillon +
Kalender 2014 (Germany) by Lennart Hennigs +
Calendario 2014 (Italy) by Alexander Reif +
Kalendarz 2014 (Poland) by Jacek Synowiec +
календарь 2014 (Russia) by Evgeny Kuznetsov
Koledar 2014 (Slovenia) by Jernej Zupanc +
Calendario 2014 (Spain) by Jeroen Sangers +
Kalendern 2014 (Sweden) by Produktivitetsbloggen
I post links to new calendars for 2014 as I get them. If you’d like to contribute, modify the USA Excel Source (here’s the ZIP archive) with your country’s holidays, ZIP the templates, and then post on your blog. Tell me where to link to it!