Synchronizing Outlook with Google Calendar


At last! My online experience is now complete. For this afternoon I managed, using the wonders of modern technology, to synchronize my Microsoft Outlook 2003 calendar with my online Google Calendar.

I used the excellently simple SyncMyCal which allows you to synchronize your Google Calendar(s) with either Outlook or Pocket Outlook (on a PDA).

The free version allows you to synchronize appointments for a maximum of only 7 days (3 days in the past, today, and 3 days into the future). The full version (£13.50) allows you to extend your synchronization period AND setup an automatic scheduled sync (the default is every 15 minutes).

It really couldn’t be more simple. Now Jane can really keep an eye on my goings on, because if anything knows what I’m supposed to be doing it’s my Outlook calendar.

Other options

You may be interested, while I was searching for a solution to sync Outlook with Google Calendars these are the three options I looked at (as well as others folks have recommended in the comments):

  • SyncMyCal (Lite for free, or Pro for £13.50)
  • gSyncit (US $9.99)
  • RemoteCalendars (Free OpenSource)
  • Calgoo

Saints’ Days and Festivals for Outlook 2006-2007

Outlook Calendar

At last! I’ve finally finished this year’s Guide to the Calendar and Lectionary of the Scottish Episcopal Church in a format that allows this information to be imported directly into Microsoft Office Outlook.

The calendar runs from the First Sunday of Advent which was … ahem! Sunday 3 December 2006. The hold up, however, was that I was unable to obtain an electronic copy before about a week ago; and the information isn’t on the SEC website.

You can download the file on my Saints’ Days in Outlook page, which also includes full instructions (with images) on how to import the data — it’s really simple.

Saints and Festivals of the Scottish Episcopal Church for MS Outlook

Screenshot of Outlook Calendar showing saints\' days
Screenshot of Outlook showing saints’ days and festivals imported into the Calendar.

Better late than never! I’ve finally got around to typing up the Scottish Episcopal Church saints’ days and festivals in a format that can easily be imported into the Microsoft Office Outlook Calendar.

Please feel free to download this file and follow the simple, illustrated instructions on how to import it into Microsoft Office Outlook.


(Right-click and select Save Link As….)

  • Saints’ Days and Festivals of the Scottish Episcopal Church Calendar, from Advent 2005 to The Last Sunday in Pentecost (Christ the King) 2006 (CSV, 23 KB)

Please note:

  1. Back-up: Make sure you back-up your Outlook .PST file before you import. (I recommend that you use the Personal Folders Backup application which works for Outlook 2000, Outlook 2002 XP and 2003.)
  2. Illustrations: All illustrations show Microsoft Office Outlook 2003; details may vary slightly for older copies of Outlook. This does not work for Microsoft Outlook Express, which is an email application and does not offer calendar functions.
  3. Accuracy: Details are as far as possible correct, although a few errors may have crept in in the production of this file (for example in how translated (moved) minor festivals have been scheduled). It was produced for my own personal use, but I’ve also decided to release it into the public domain. Feel free to use and/or adapt it to your own use. The file can be edited in Microsoft Office Excel (or other spreadsheet, eg
  4. Dates only: This file does not contain details of the readings for each day, only the name of the festival.
  5. Enjoy!

1. File > Import and Export …

Screenshot from Outlook 2003 of File, Import and Export

Open Microsoft Outlook, and from the File menu select Import and Export…

2. Import and Export Wizard

Import and Export Wizard

The Import and Export Wizard window will open. Select Import from another program or file, then click Next >.

3. Select Comma Separated Values (Windows)

Comma Separated Values (Windows) is selected=

Select Comma Separated Values (Windows) from the list, and click Next >.

4. Locate the CSV file to import

Import a File window

You will now be prompted to Import a File. Click the Browse … button and locate the file you downloaded called ChurchDates2006.csv, once selected click Next >.

5. Select Calendar under your Personal Folders

Select destination folder

Now select the destination folder from those listed under your Outlook Personal Folders. You want to select Calendar, and then click Next >.

6. Confirm and click Finish

Confirmation screen

You will be presented with a confirmation screen, similar to the one above. Make sure that the details are correct — and if you need to, check that the Map Custom Fields… settings are correct (by default, they should be). Click Finish to begin importing the details into your Outlook Calendar.

7. Import is in progress

Import and Export Progress bar

Outlook will begin to import the information into your Outlook Calendar, showing you its progress (as above).

8. It’s done

Screenshot of Outlook Calendar showing saints\' days

Once complete, you’ll find that details of all the Scottish Episcopal Church saints’ days, festivals and Sundays, from Advent 2005 – The Last Sunday of Pentecost (Chrirst the King) 2006, have been added as all-day events to Outlook.