Get transparent calendar on top of your desktop wallpaper with Interactive Calendar

Jan 1, 2021
Updated • Jan 12, 2021
Software, Windows software

How do you keep track of things to do? A calendar or a reminder program is always nice to have, in case we forget something important. What about having a calendar right on your desktop? Interactive Calendar does that, and it's pretty easy to use.

Tip: check out Desktop Calendar as well, as it provides similar functionality.

Interactive Calendar places a transparent calendar on your desktop wallpaper

The program is set to autostart with Windows by default during the installation process, so you may want to toggle the option off.

Once you've installed it, you will see a calendar appear over your desktop wallpaper. The program opens two windows, one of which is the main interface which looks like a diary, while the other one is the options window. Interactive Calendar runs in the background on the system tray. To close the desktop calendar, exit the application from the tray menu. If you closed the windows, click on the tray icon to re-access them.

The program has a dual-pane view with a monthly calendar on the left pane, and a calendar editor to the right. Interactive Calendar uses a ribbon interface as the default layout. Don't like it? There are two more styles that you can switch to.

Interactive Calendar editor

Click on the View menu and switch to Ribbon style if you want a ribbon interface (tabs for each category), while the menu options are placed at the top of the window. The Mixed style retains the menu options and the toolbar, and also adds the ribbon. The View menu also has a Color Scheme, with several skins to choose from.

Interactive Calendar add task

Hit the "New" button or use Ctrl + N to create a new appointment. Type a name for the task, switch to the Start column and select a time and date for it. Click on the arrow button to bring up the time/date selection options. Similarly, pick an end time/date and hit the enter key to add the appointment.

Interactive Calendar records list

Double-click on the newly created task to edit it. The pop-up windows that opens allows you to set the reminder as a one time appointment, as a recurring task or as a daily, weekly, monthly or annual reminder like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Hit the Customize button for more recurrence options. The second tab in the task editor window is called Description, it is a rich text editor that can be used to link to files, folders, email addresses, URLs, creating tables, and more.

Interactive Calendar rich text editor

Right-click anywhere in the calendar editor to quickly edit, delete or create new tasks. You can also double-click on any date in the desktop calendar to create a new appointment, or to edit an existing one. Want a visual reminder on your desktop? You'll be happy to know that the program can be used for to-do lists. To mark a task as completed, select it and hit the check button on the toolbar, and it will be struck out.

The sidebar on the left displays the calendar view. You may use it to select the month, date to view the appointments allotted for the selected day. This also lets you set tasks for the chosen time period. The current date and time is mentioned at the bottom of the side panel.

Interactive Calendar's desktop view has arrows at the top, which you can use to switch to different months. You cannot resize the calendar directly, but you can do so from the program's options. Hit Ctrl + O, or right-click on the tray icon to open the options panel.

Interactive Calendar tray menu

It displays a preview of the calendar with various options including the font settings. Switch to the desktop tab, the preview pane has a resize tool that can be dragged with the mouse to adjust the calendar's size. Interactive Calendar can also be used as a wallpaper changer, to switch your desktop background automatically. Pick your picture folder and set the time interval for changing the wallpaper in terms of seconds, minutes, hours, days.

The desktop calendar can be customized too, you can select a theme for the grid, or optionally use an image, set the cell color, spacing, transparency, borders, shadows. Click on the program's logo in the top left corner of the editor, to backup/restore your database.

Similarly, you can import/export your calendar to CSV, XML, IDB and CDB formats. The Print option allows you to print a wall calendar with/without your records. The magnifier icon at the top of the window can be used to find text in your calendar events. The calendar editor supports automatic spell-checking, and multiple dictionaries that you can download from the official website.

Interactive Calendar is a freeware application. It is not portable.

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  1. Jim said on January 13, 2021 at 1:42 am

    how is the ram usage?

    1. disfugginguy yo said on July 30, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      A reasonable question! How did you sneak that in? This message board is meant for the *exclusive* use of snarky peeps attempting to out-dork each other. The winner gets to pretend to be the company IT tech and say things like “You deleted all cookies before you called me, CORRECT? But let me guess- you forgot to clear the cache? *sigh*… MOVE.”
      I seem to have gotten carried away, apologies. Now, to answer your question- what’s a ram usage? Does the calendar thingie not work right? I’ve had issues with things not working right so I bet I can help. Let’s troubleshoot! A few questions- Is there smoke coming from your computer? What color is your office chair? How high is the chair adjustment set? (oh please don’t say it’s all the way up please oh dear god please no) Do you have the correct amount of internets to operate your specific computer chip… uhh… processor(?) data card floppy compact disc hard drive? It has to be the exact amount of internets so this is most likely your problem. Y’know, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. What’s the first thing we’re supposed to do when having a computer problem? Restarting it is the second thing, right? Yeah! First thing EVERYONE is taught to do, and guaranteed to fix 99% of all computer issues is to- wait, do you use a ball-peen hammer or a claw hammer? Doesn’t matter, I’ll explain both ways but you already know this soooooo now I’m sounding just like a condescending IT tech, lol! Sorry. So. As you already know (so embarrassing. I swear I’m not talking down to you) when using a ball-peen hammer you should vigorously strike the computer on both sides, going back and forth starting on the left side. Claw hammer is much simpler (omg so sorry) just bang it on the top over and over but be careful! Don’t accidentally hit it with the claw side of the hammer. Those claws are delicate. It sucks to break one off, right? I mean, then what are you gonna use to add some graphics cards to your thumb drive motherboard? Anyway, just keep banging harder and harder until that calendar thingie does enough ram usage. See! Problem solved! Computers are so easy to repair for logical thinkers with a deep and foundational understanding of advanced electronics. Really though, I’m just blessed. You wouldn’t know it but I’m completely self taught. Not just with computers either. I’m also a child psychologist. Bought a diploma to hang on the wall (only 67 bucks plus shipping from the Universitee of Most Strong and Virile Dagestani Republik With Also Go To Hell Evil Chechnyan Bastards, and that price is for a diploma already translated to english and signed by the official Overlord Dictator of the Dagestani Republic-appointed by Vladomir Vladomirovich Putin, no less!) so I’m totally qualified. No big deal, really. It’s just like fixing a computer. Ball-peen hammers start on the left and go back and forth. Claw hammer, just pound it straight down on the top over and over until the problem is fixed.

      ok. upon proofreading i found two major issues.
      1. i have waaaaaayy too much time on my hands
      2. i have lost my fkn mind

  2. DrKnow said on January 2, 2021 at 6:15 am

    The review forget to mention which other calendars it integrates with.
    ie none as far as I could see from the review.

    Another Junkware from Ashwin.

    1. Fuzzi said on January 11, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      just use a[href=””])
      in uBlock Origin and you should be fine…

    2. blow hard said on January 6, 2021 at 4:23 am

      So if he forgot, then that means you knew he planned to mention that. Are you two friends, or are you just making crazy stuff up?

  3. ULBoom said on January 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    It would be nice if you could see it.

    1. no hype said on January 6, 2021 at 4:25 am

      I can.

      Why can’t you ever just simply speak for yourself?

      1. DDearborn said on January 18, 2021 at 12:01 am


        Quite clearly that is exactly what he was doing. You on the other hand obviously don’t practice what you preach……

  4. blackmojo said on January 1, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    I love this app and dream of it on Linux … :'(
    Thx anyway

    AND GOOD 2021 YOU ALL !!!!!

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