How to Add Events and Accounts to Windows 8 Calendar

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system eliminates many of the pre-installed apps that Windows desktops and tablets came with in the past. There is a new kind of application in their place. Dubbed Windows Store apps, settings and information stored in these apps are automatically synced between computers and Outlook.com. They put every user’s information at their fingertips, without having to purchase or download more professional-grade applications such as Outlook.com desktop software and Windows Live Mail.

Here’s how to add events to Calendar and add more accounts to it in Windows 8.1.

Go to by tapping the Windows button at the bottom of your device’s screen or pressing the Windows key on your keyboard.

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Tap or click the live tile representing the app. In our example, the rectangular tile on the left side of the screen has a calendar icon and the number 19 in bold white letters.

If the app is not pinned to your Start Screen, you need to click the arrow in the lower left corner of your device’s screen. Touchscreen users need to swipe up anywhere on the Start Screen to open a list of all your installed apps.

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Adding a New Event

Once inside the Calendar app, click or tap on the three-dot part of your screen to reveal the app drawer with more options.

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Now click on the icon in the lower right corner of your screen.

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Here you can add all the information that is important for your event. This includes the start and end time, all your notes about the event, and whether you want Calendar to think you’re busy at the time. After adding the information you want to click .

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You have successfully added an event to Calendar in Windows 8.

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Adding a New Account

Sometimes users don’t want all their personal and professional events to be gathered in one calendar. Many companies also provide users with corporate calendar and mail accounts for business use. Here’s how to add a new account to Calendar in Windows 8.

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Position the corner of your screen to open the Charms Bar. You can also place your finger on the right edge of your device and swipe left to unlock the device. Now click the gear.

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On the Settings screen, click or tap .

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Tap or click the type of account you want to create.

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Enter the username and password associated with this account.

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You have successfully added an account to Calendar in Windows 8. It’s important to note that today Microsoft only allows users to add Microsoft Accounts and corporate Exchange accounts to the Calendar app. Therefore, you cannot add a Gmail calendar to the app yet.