How to Create a Simple Calendar in Apple Pages

According to webexhibits.org, the history of the modern calendar goes all the way back to ancient Rome, when the Julian calendar was created before eventually getting replaced by the current Gregorian system we use today. Ever since then, we now rely on the calendar for our daily, weekly, and monthly planning--from keeping track of annual events to scheduling your next board meeting.

So, if you’re interested in making a digital or physical calendar for your decorative or functional needs, then check out our tips (below) on how to put one together using Apple Pages in macOS!

1. Prepare Your Calendar’s Base Format

Before working on the contents, you should set up the form and layout of your document. Open a blank file in Apple Pages, then pick either A4 or US letter for your calendar pages’ size; for the orientation, it’s wise to default to landscape-style if you’re ever unsure of which to go with.

2. Set Up a Table

You’ll want to insert a table to fill in the days and dates of your calendar. Before editing the table, if you’d like more freedom in moving it around, go to Format > Arrange and select None under Text Wrap. After that, head into the Table tab and uncheck Alternating Row Color to remove the gray rows that show up in your table. Make sure you have at least 6 rows and 7 columns in your table; leave some room around the table for other elements later.

3. Input the Essential Information

After preparing a table in your document, input each day of the week into a cell on the top row. Next, punch in the date numbers into the cells below; start from the 2nd row (below the days’ cells), making your way to the right and descending into the lower rows--remember that months don’t all share the same amount of dates!

For the month’s name, add in a textbox and position it somewhere above the table. Turn off the text wrapping for this, as well.

4. Simple Aesthetics

Since we’re going for a minimalist approach in looks, go with font styles that are subtle in design and easy to read at a glance. In terms of imagery and graphics, it’s a good idea to insert vector artwork to maintain a simple yet appealing theme. Deactivate the text wrapping for your images and pick Stay on Page under Arrange; position them wherever desired. To prevent your image from obscuring other elements on the page, click the image and choose Back under the Arrange tab to position it behind everything else. To resize an image, just click-drag one of its sides. Don’t forget to use coloring options for your table and textbox.

To work on the other months quickly, go to View and pick Show Page Thumbnails, then click the page in the new sidebar and simply duplicate it; adjust the dates and month name accordingly. For calendar kits with cute designs, sleek vector art, and more, have a look at our Simple Calendar Templates!

General FAQs

  • What is a calendar?

  • What are the most well-known calendar sizes?

  • Who invented the modern calendar?

  • What system did the Gregorian calendar succeed?

  • Who invented the Julian calendar?

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