How to Add Events and Accounts Windows 8 Calendar

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system disposes with a lot of the pre-loaded applications Windows desktops and tablets have come with in the past. In their place is a new kind of application. Dubbed Windows Store apps, settings and information stored in these apps automatically sync between PCs and Outlook.com. They put each user’s information at their fingertips without having to purchase or download more professional grade apps like the Outlook.com desktop software and Windows Live Mail.

Here’s how to add an event to the Calendar in Windows 8.1 and add even more accounts to it.

Go to the Start Screen by tapping on the Windows button underneath your device’s display or by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard.

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Tap or click on the live tile that represents the Calendar app. In our example it’s the rectangular tile on the left side of the screen has a calendar icon and the number 19 on it in bold white letters.

If the app hasn’t been pinned to your Start Screen, you’ll need to click on the arrow in the bottom left corner of your device’s screen. Touch screen users will need to swipe up anywhere on the Start Screen to open a list of all of your installed applications.

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Adding a New Event

Once inside the Calendar app, click or tap on the bar at the bottom of your screen with three dots to reveal the app drawer that contains more options.

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Now click on the + icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen.

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Here you can add all the information that’s important for your event. That includes the beginning and end time, any notes you have about the event and whether you’d like Calendar to think that you’re busy during that time or not. Once you’ve added the information you’d like to click Save.

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You’ve successfully added an event to the Calendar in Windows 8.

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Adding a New Account

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

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Place your mouse cursor in the top-right corner of your display to open the Charms Bar. You can also place your finger on the right edge of your device and swipe to the left to open it too. Now click the Settings cog.

In the Settings screen click or tap on Accounts.

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Tap or click on the type of account you’d like to create.

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Fill in the username and password that is associated with that account.

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You’ve successfully added an account to Calendar in Windows 8. It’s important to remember that Microsoft only allows users to add Microsoft Accounts and corporate Exchange accounts to the Calendar app today. As such, you can’t yet add a Gmail calendar to the app.

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