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What is your best way to have a calendar without a calendar feature?

I have to work on many different client systems on-premise which do not support the calendar plugin (i.e. they do not have it installed and won't install it).

But to coordinate a calendar is so helpful. What is your workaround to have a calendar in confluence without the need to activate some calendar feature?

Basically the calendar should IMHO come for free in the product. Everyone needs it, so why a plugin?

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Hi @Helge,

Usually, Team Calendars not needed for every customer. And it is well maintained and supported by the Atlassian, unlike other old add-ons.

Please view the question and answer at the Why are you charging for this plugin? , hope it answers your question.

Thanks,
Ram.

Yeah thank you for your input, but this is actually an RTFM answer. I know that I can point IT towards a manual how to install the Calendar Plugin... the issue is they won't.

I know https://confluence.atlassian.com/teamcal/install-team-calendars-241566248.html and it does not help.

This thing should imho be enabled/deployed by default on every instance of Confluence Server.

WORKAROUND

My approach to solve this issue right now is by misusing the table elements. See following screenshot.

confluence_calendar_using_a_table.png

I hadn't thought of using a table. In our case, we only needed to publish it for information purposes, not to be edited by the users within Confluence, so I created it in Word and used the Office Word Macro.

@Dharma Ramos yeah I guess you could also try to work with MS Word. But since I cannot know if everyone on the project has a valid Word License, I prefer having things depending on Confluence only.

This way everyone can edit/manipulate the calendar and add information to it, which helps the project to stay up-to-date.

@HelgeThey would only need to have a valid license if they are going to edit it. To view, they don't even need to have Word installed:

https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/office-word-macro-375849176.html

Like Helge likes this

We actually were converting a SharePoint calendar and couldn't work out how to do all the things needed in Confluence.  Then we had an epiphany - a calendar is just a LIST of events, se we went with the table solution.  This has give us great leeway to pull data and pivot as it is more difficult for Confluence to see a calendar as a table (list).

I just got around this limitation today by creating a google calendar and embedding it into Confluence using the iframe macro. We also use Zapier for some automation tasks, so I was able to set up a simple workflow that would add or update calendar items automatically based on due date.

Thank you for the suggestion. I did the same thing using an Outlook calendar.

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