Put your Outlook calendar on the desktop

Daniel Pataki
Feb 2, 2008
Updated • Nov 30, 2012
Email, Microsoft Outlook

While taking my daily look at Stuff for Getting Things done, I stumbled upon an article about putting the Outlook calendar on your desktop. In fact, as I looked deeper into the program I discovered that you can also put your emails and tasks on there as well.

I've had some experience with desktop calendars, although none were as functional as Outlook, but I can say that I didn't get much use out of them. I find that they go against my zenishly clean desktop philosophy and clutter more than they help out. I also like to separate work stages as much as possible, so actually having my Outlook in a separate app is good for me.

On the other hand, Outlook on the desktop is quite good, and I think the reason is that it puts your Outlook calendar on your desktop. You can see a few calendar items immediately and it's fully functional so you can also interact with the calendar, emails and tasks.

Oh, and it's free of course, so go get it!

Update: Outlook on the Desktop is no longer available, the program website returns a not found error when you try to load it.  I suggest you try DeskTask as an alternative as it can display the Outlook calendar and to-do list on the Windows desktop as well.


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  1. jojo said on February 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t know if you were referring to my post Daniel, but Desktask IS free. They sell another product called Twistpad, which is shareware.

  2. Daniel said on February 3, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Shame it’s Shareware and costs about $20…

  3. jojo said on February 2, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I have used a similar free program called DESKTASK for a while that does the job in a lot less space. Check out: http://www.carthagosoft.net/Downloads.php

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