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Formatting Your Calendar

Calendar Wizard 3 has three distinct calendar layout elements:

  1. Large Calendar - usually page-size calendar with large day cells for additional text and symbols. Only one large calendar is currently supported on a page.
  2. Small Calendar - a compact month representation where day numbers are kept close to each other. Many calendar layouts have more than one small calendars on page.
  3. Image Frame - some layouts leave space for a photo or any other information that can be later inserted in the space provided. This is just a gray rectangle in the layout that can be used as a placeholder or guide for positioning the image.

Both Large and Small calendars have the same three basic composition elements:

  1. Title contains the month name and, optionally, the year.
  2. Header holds the names of days of week.
  3. Body contains day cells with number for every day of the month.

This is an illustration of the large calendar:

Here is an example of a small calendar element:

There are two dialog tabs for every calendar element type - two for large calendar and two for small calendar options.

If a layout includes only one calendar type, the other two tabs are not visible.

The following is a brief description of every calendar formatting dialog tab.


Large: Header

This tab describes the properties of the title and header of large calendar. Here you can specify fonts, colors, borders, and other settings:

Position list in the Header section allows to specify the position of the header relatively to the calendar body. If the body orientation is set to Horizontal on "Large: Body" tab, then Top/Left position will place the header above the body. If the body orientation is set to Vertical, then Top/Left options will place the header to the left of the body.

Style specifies how the days of week are formatted:

  • Full Word - days are spelled in whole words, such as "Sunday", "Monday", etc.
  • Short Form - days are spelled in a short form specified in language preferences ("Sun", "Mon"...)
  • One Letter - only the first letter of the day name is printed ("S", "M", "T", ...)

Header Highlights section allows to highlight one day of the week in the header with special font/color. The day itself that needs to be highlighted (Sunday, Monday, etc) is selected on the "Large: Body" dialog tab (see below).


Large: Body

This tab allows to specify numerous options for formatting the body of a large calendar.

Orientation specifies the arrangement of days within the body grid. If Horizontal is chosen, days go from left to right and then from top to bottom. When Vertical is selected, days are arranged first from top to bottom, and then from left to right:

Horizontal orientation Vertical orientation

Moon Phases: when checked, moon phase symbols are added to the grid body:

New Moon
First Quarter
Full Moon
Last Quarter

Num Boxes button allows you to add rectangle around day numbers:

This option works only if the number is aligned with one of the corners of the day cell. If the number is positioned in the middle of a cell, no rectangle is created.

Dividers boxes specify whether the vertical and/or horizontal dividing lines should be present in the grid.

Add Holiday Text puts the holiday description (e.g. "New Year's Day") in the day cell.


Small: Header

This tab is much like the "Large: Header", only it formats the title and the header of small calendars.


Small: Body

This tab is equivalent to "Large: Body" and controls the formatting of the small calendar body


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This page was last revised on 11/18/03.