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Excel Calendar Template – 17 Calendar Designs in Excel – Free Download

2017 Calendar Excel Template

2017 Calendar Excel Template

I am very pleased to present the new Excel Calendar template. Download this new Calendar Excel template and create your own personalized calendars in Excel.

In this post, we will be discussing the following.

  1. Features of the Calendar template
  2. Link to download template for free
  3. Instructions to use the template
  4. 17 Calendar designs
  5. Tips to further customize the template
Monthly Calendar Sample From 2017 Excel Calendar Template





Overview of steps

  1. Enter Basic settings
  2. Choose Weekends
  3. Enter Holidays
  4. Enter your personal or company Events
  5. Pick a Calendar design
  6. Print or export the calendar to PDF

Now, let’s see each step in detail.

Step 1: Enter Basic settings

Enter Basic Settings for 2017 Calendar Year Month Week Begin Day and Name

Enter the year for which you want to build the calendar. Even though I created this from scratch just for 2017, I designed it such that you can enter any year and the calendar will still work. 🙂

By default the year begins in January. However, you can modify that to start the calendar with any month.

Choose Starting Month for the Calendar in Excel Template

By default, the calendar shows weeks starting in Sunday. However, you can modify it to start with any weekday.

Choose Starting Day of Week for the Calendar in Excel Template

We can give a name to our calendar and the name will appear on some of the calendar designs automatically.

Step 2. Choose Weekends

Choose Weekend days to highlight on Calendar

Calendars show weekend days in red colored font. You can modify the weekends as needed for your purpose. In the image above, I have selected Saturday and Sunday as weekends. So, all Saturdays and Sundays will be shown in red font on the calendars.

Step 3: Enter Holidays

Enter the list of holidays for your company or business in the Holidays table.

I have provided a list of holidays in U.S. and India for reference. Please see the Holidays sheet.

Enter Holidays with dates and names for Calendar

I have used Excel Tables for user input. If you are new to Excel tables, please see my article on How to use Excel tables for data entry?

Step 4: Enter your personal or company Events

The template allows the user to enter events, in addition to holidays, to display on the calendars.

Enter calendar Events with dates and names

If you are using this template for personal calendar, you can enter your personal events as I have done in the above image.

If you need to create a calendar for your company, enter your company events for 2017 in the Events table.

Step 5: Pick a calendar design from the 17 designs

Based on the input provided in the previous 4 steps, the template builds the calendar designs. The 2017 calendar template offers 17 different calendar designs to choose from. In the Pick a Calendar sheet, we can see the 17 designs.

17 Calendar designs for 2017 Excel Calendar

Just click on any design on and you will be taken to the corresponding calendar sheet.

You can also directly go to any of the sheets named 1 to 17.

Sheets in the Excel 2017 Calendar Template

Note: If you change the sheet names of the calendars, then hyperlinks in the Pick a Calendar sheet will not work.

Step 6: Print the calendar or export to PDF

Excel’s default print menu options and Export options work as usual. If you are not familiar, it is not a problem. I explain them in detail with screenshots towards the end of this post.


Let’s look at each of the 17 calendar designs.

2017 Calendar Designs

Calendar Design 1

2017 Calendar Design 1 – 1 Page 12 Months – 4 X 3

When both Event and Holiday fall on the same day, Event is prioritized and event color is displayed.

Calendar Design 2

2017 Calendar Design 2 – 1 Page 12 Months – 3 X 4

Calendar Design 3

2017 Calendar Design 3 – 1 Page 12 Months – 2 X 6 with Events

Calendar Design 4

2017 Calendar Design 4 – 1 Page 12 Months – 6 X 2 with Events

Calendar Design 5

2017 Calendar Design 5 – 1 Page 12 Months – 12 X 42 with Events

Calendar Design 6

2017 Calendar Design 6 – 1 Page 12 Months – 12 X 31 with Events

Calendar Design 7

2017 Calendar Design 7 – 6 Pages – Planner

Calendar Design 8

2017 Calendar Design 8 – 1 Page – 54 Weeks – with Events

Calendar Design 9

2017 Calendar Design 9 – 12 Pages – Monthly

Calendar Design 10

2017 Calendar Design 10 – 6 Pages – with Events

Calendar Design 11

2017 Calendar Design 11 – 4 Pages – with Events

Calendar Design 12

2017 Calendar Design 12 – 3 Pages

Calendar Design 13

2017 Calendar Design 13 – 2 Pages – 6 Months on each page

Calendar Design 14

2017 Calendar Design 14 – 12 Pages – Monthly – with Events

Calendar Design 15

2017 Calendar Design 15 – 12 Pages – Monthly – Type Events

Calendar Design 16 (Picture Calendar)

2017 Calendar Design 16 – 12 Pages – Picture Calendar
Change picture in Picture calendar Choose from file on computer or online

Calendar Design 17 (Quotes Calendar)

2017 Calendar Design 17 – 12 Pages – Quotes Calendar


1. How to change formatting (colors/fonts/borders)?

One of the common reasons for making changes would be to change the formatting of the calendar. I am sure that you may have your personal favorites when it comes to colors and fonts. The template is designed so that you can make these changes yourself without negatively affecting the functionality of the calendar.

Select the cells you want to change formatting.

Select Cells to change formatting

For example, in the image above, I have selected the 2 months (January & February).

In the Home ribbon, you will see the Font section (as shown below).

How to change formatting on calendar (font, font size, font color, border, bold, italics)

We can change the font, font size, font color, fill color, borders and also apply bold and italics format.

For example, when I changed the font, applied bold text and reduced the font size, it appears like this.

Changes to font and font size and bold
Changed font and font size and bold

Some of the border options require unprotecting the sheet. We will see how we can unprotect later in this post.

A couple of things to note here:

I will explain now how both the above points can also be addressed.

2. How to change Event and Holiday colors?

Events and Holidays are colored automatically on the calendar using conditional formatting.  As with everything with this template, it’s easy to change them too.

First, click on Conditional Formatting menu in the Home ribbon, and select Manage Rules.

Open Conditional Formatting Menu

The next dialog box shows the 3 rules we have used in this worksheet. Make sure that you choose ‘This worksheet‘ at the top.

Three conditional formatting rules for Weekends Holidays and Events

We can modify each of the rules separately. Just click on one of the rules and then click on ‘Edit Rule’ button. In this example, I have clicked on the ‘Events’ rule.

Conditional formatting – Edit Format for a rule

Click on the Format button. It opens the next dialog box.

Conditional formatting – Change format for the Events dates cells

We can modify not just the fill color, but also the Number format, font and border. For this tutorial, I have just highlighted where you can change the background fill color.

You can choose one of the standard colors or click on ‘More Colors‘ button to choose any color from the spectrum.

Click OK to the dialog box and then the following open dialog boxes.

Then, you should see the changes applied to the entire calendar sheet. Save the file to save the changes.

3. How to change the order in which events/holidays appear on calendar?

Some of the calendar designs list the names of events and holidays on the calendar. They are designed to be listed in the same order in which they were entered in the Holidays and Events tables in Settings sheet.

If  you had entered them in a random order in the tables, then you can easily sort them. For example, in the Events table, click on the Event Date header label.

A menu pops up where you can choose ‘Sort Oldest to Newest‘.

Sort Events by Dates in Events table

This would sort the Events table with dates in ascending order.

You can apply the same technique to the Holidays table.

4. How to change the date format for events and holidays?

I have used the date format MMM-DD (example: Jan-05) to show the dates. I usually try to show the month in text instead of numbers as I understand that there are differences in formats used by different countries. 1/5 could be interpreted as Jan 5th or May 1st, depending on which country you live in.

However, you can easily change it to any format to suit your needs.

Just select the cells where you want to apply the change.

Then, press Ctrl+1 to open the Format cells dialog box.

Change date formats using Format cells option

You can type your own custom format or click on ‘Date’ in the list on the left. Then, you can choose from the standard date formats.

Choose one from the standard date formats

5. How to unprotect (unlock) sheets?

All the customization mentioned above can be made without unprotecting any sheets. If you plan to make more modifications and you see that you are not able to, you can unprotect using indzara as password.

For more details, please see my article on how to unprotect sheets.

Please remember to protect the sheets again in order to prevent accidental editing of formulas.

6. How to print calendars?

To print, press Ctrl+P or find the Print option in the File menu.

Open Print settings with ctrl P

Since the template is already pre-set for printing calendars, you can quickly review the calendar in preview and then click on Print to print.

If you need to print only a subset of pages, please enter page number range.

7. How to export calendar to PDF?

To export to PDF, choose Export in the File menu and then click on Create PDF/XPS.

Export calendars as PDF

In the following dialog box,

Publish Calendars as PDF options
  1. Choose the place in your computer to store the PDF.
  2. Give a meaningful name to the PDF
  3. If you need to control which pages are being exported to PDF, click on Options. That will open the following window.

Choose specific page numbers you want to export and click OK.

4. Click Publish to publish PDF.

Event Calendar Maker 

Additional Features in Event Calendar Maker

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