How to Get Google Calendar Desktop Notifications in Google Chrome

Are you little tired with the old fashioned pop-up notifications of your important events? If you use Google Chrome as your browser, Google Calendar has a nice solution for you. It has a nice labs feature named “Gentle Reminders” that replaces pop-up reminders with a more pleasing notification. Google has recently added sound effects to Google Calendar desktop notification.

First, you have to make sure that Chrome is set to allow desktop notifications. Go to “Customize and control Google Chrome” option and select “Options” from the menu.

Select Options from the Menu to Customize Google Chrome

Head into Under the Hood –> Content settings…

Content Settings Option in Under the Hood Tab

Select “Notifications” from the left pane. Select the second option “Ask me when a site wants to show desktop notifications (recommended)”.

Desktop Notifications Settings in Content Settings

Make sure Google Calendar is not blocked by clicking “Exceptions…”. Close the window.

Notification Exceptions

Now, configure your Google Calendar account. Click the “Settings” link at the right-top corner and select “Calendar settings”.

Calendar Settings under Settings Option of Google Calendar

Go to the “Labs” tab.

Google Calendar Labs Tab

Enable the “Gentle Reminders” feature and save it.

Gentle Reminders Labs Feature of Google Calendar

A yellow bar will appear for permission to show desktop notifications. Click “Allow”.

Permission to Show Desktop Notifications

You will see a sample desktop notification near the right-most taskbar.

Sample Google Calendar Desktop Notification

You are done. Now set up an event to test the whole process. I set up a quick event and it worked nicely with a pleasing sound effect.

A Google Calendar Desktop Notification with Pleasing Sound Effect

If you are through some important tasks and want to get notified a few minutes later, click the “Remind me again in 5 minutes” in the yellow bar appearing at the top of the window after you dismiss the pop-up reminder.

Remind Me Again in 5 Minutes Option After Dismissing the Pop-up Notification

The only thing you have to ensure that Chrome is running at least in the background. You’ll never miss an important task now!

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 3 comments
michelle @ boat graphics - September 19, 2010

I think this one needs more information. Thank You

Tushar - September 20, 2010

Wow i dint know about the Google Calandar Desktop Notifications feature, Thanks for info.

Virtual Character - September 22, 2010

Just did it! 🙂 So glad you were able to share this because this would be really helpful to me and to others who need constant reminders.


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