How to Customize Cute Calendars (with microsoft publisher)

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March 8, 2013 by bridgitgillis

march april

There are tons of cute calendar templates out there.  If you’d like to know how to type onto a calendar to make it your own, this is the place to find out how!  (Note that I use Microsoft Publisher to do this.  Your computer might not have publisher installed, so you might want to check first!)

I am recovering from knee surgery and have been doing the kettleworx exercise routines.  I’m nearing the end of my basic  6 weeks and wanted a plan of how I’m going to proceed after that, so that is what I developed these particular calendars for.

1. Find a good quality calendar and save it as a picture.  (If it is too small, it won’t look right)  I got these calendars from  They offer a version that allows you to type right into the calendar, but you have to pay for that feature.  (Easiest way to save a picture is to right click and chose save as a picture)

2. Open up Microsoft Publisher, select a blank 8-1/2 by 11 document.  Insert your calendar picture into your document.

3. Expand your picture to the size you want.  (If you find that your picture becomes too grainy or unclear, you will have to make it smaller or choose a different picture)

4. Now you will need to insert text boxes.  I chose to insert 7 long, narrow text boxes.  This allowed me to type in a day, hit enter a few times, and type in the following week’s day.  Once you insert a text box and select the font and size you want, copy and past the rest.  (see picture for how I set up my text boxes)

text boxes

5. Once your text is where you want it, you can print or save however you like!  You can save it as a publisher file, or if you want to email or post it online, save it as a jpeg.

*Note that many web sites that offer calendars do so under the conditions that they are for personal use only and will not be sold.



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