Admittedly the “universally accessible” clause is in apparent contention with the “useful” clause.
Universal accessibility — a criteria which an ‘enforced Birthdays calendar’ algorithm clearly meets — is also higher up the mission statement’s food chain, with “useful” appearing to be only tacked on as an afterthought.
Add to that, Google doesn’t specify to whom usefulness is aimed.
It’s not, for instance, specifying a mission to be useful ‘to Google users’.
There is also a VBA sample there to remove the events from the calendar as soon as the Contact creates it. Class = 40 Then ' If you want to see that it's working, uncomment this line ' my Folder. Display ' Copy the correct birthday and anniversary to a variable mybirthday = my Folder.
When you create a new contact and specify a birth date, Microsoft Outlook automatically creates a recurring annual event in the Calendar folder for contact's birthday, but it doesn't set a reminder unless you have Outlook set to add a reminder to all new appointments (and in that case, it uses the default reminder time, usually 15 minutes).
Because of course it is not even slightly useful to have random birthdays injected into your daily schedule, mixed in with the information you do find useful. So we can add: ‘annoying’ and ‘Google ’ to the themes in play here.
The display can be changed individually using placeholders.
This guide was useful enough to have garnered some 12,000 views in the month or so since it was posted to Medium, according to Mulligan. I was one of the 12,000 who viewed the guide, and used its instructions to successfully excise Google’s Birthday Calendar cancer over the holidays. The guide is not currently useful, however, because Google appears to have removed and/or disabled the squirreled away removal option that Mulligan had carefully tracked down.
He actually warned this sort of thing might happen — that Google might “obnoxiously” force Birthdays on its users again, as he put it. The removal method Mulligan unearthed was already buried way down in the sort of web sub-menus where only the equivalent of digital dust spends any time.
This allows you to keep a current calendar of Facebook birthdays, even as you add more friends.
We've updated the post to go over using the URL instead.
If you want a longer reminder period, you will need to change the reminders on each birthday or anniversary or use VBA to set the reminders. Items Set obj NS = Nothing End Sub Private Sub mcol Cal Items_Item Add(By Val Item As Object) ' #### USER OPTIONS #### ' remind XX days before birthdays int Days = 7 If Item. Subject, "Birthday") For help using the VBA Editor, see How to use Outlook's VBA Editor When you import Contacts (or sync with a smartphone) the birthdays are not added to the calendar. The add-ins offer more features (and can offer a high return on investment) if you sync a lot, but for one time use, a macro is quick and effective.