I love the way the desktop looks and the fact that my schedule is right there for me to see without having to dig my planner out constantly while sending emails or text messages.
Want to make a desktop of your own like this? Here are the the steps!
I started out in PowerPoint to design the desktop. Since my screen is wider, I went to page set up to change the slide dimensions.
I changed the size to 12 x 7.5 to give me the wider screen I needed for my computer. Your size might be a little different.
Next, I went ahead and changed the slide to a blank template.
I wanted to make the background something dark so that the colors of the calendar popped a little. To change your background, go to format and click slide background.
I used digital scrapbook paper that I have purchased, so I clicked on picture and found where the paper was saved and then clicked apply.
The next step can be 1 of 2 ways. You can either design and create you a calendar template for you to use or you can purchase one. The one I have is the link used at the top of this post by the 3 AM Teacher. She provides the 2 page calendar layout as a PowerPoint template. I simply copy the calendar from her PowerPoint…
and then paste the calendar template onto my slide (with my background).
Here’s what it looks like once I have it the size I wanted and in the middle of the screen. Beautiful!
I love having a few icons on my desktop that I can click on quickly. So for this step, I am creating dividing sections to keep my icons organized. To do this, click on insert shape. I like using the rectangles with the curved points.
Ok, the blue just isn’t me 🙂 You know I love things that match and sometimes the color options just aren’t the exact shade! Come on now, you can’t be doin’ that!
Double click on the box and click on the fill option. Then click more colors.
To get that exact color that matches my calendar, I click on the tiny dropper option.
Using this tool, I find the color on the calendar I want to copy and click on it.
Just like that my hot pink doesn’t clash with the ones in the calendar. Now to get rid of the border, click on line and change it to none.
I can repeat the same steps until I have all the sections for my calendar that I need.
Now it’s time to type! I like to label my sections on the desktop so I know exactly what goes where.
I also need to type in the year, days, etc on my calendar template. To do this select text box and click where you want to type. Get creative and change up those fonts. If I find your desktop with Comic Sans I might puke! #justkidding #noreally #discovernewfonts
I love that I can personalize my calendar with a cute saying or verse. This is my January verse that I love!
When you are all set up and have everything ready, go to file, save, and save as a PNG file somewhere easy to find (like your desktop). Then go to system preferences (if you are a mac user) and find where you saved the file to insert it as your desktop screen.
Now if that isn’t just perfect in its self, I get even more excited with this next step if you are a mac user!
Mac computers have a application called Sticky Notes. To find it go to “Go” and click on “Applications”. Then click on Sticky Notes.
Super easy to use. Just go to file and click new note.
A new note will appear (notice in my notes column) and I can type (and change the font, size, color, etc). This is where I put my goals for the month, any last minute reminders, grocery lists, etc. It is totally fantastic! And it won’t go away until you exit Sticky Notes. So keep it on all the time to use as an extra reminder or tool.
Now, how do you like that? I am officially OCD about my fantastic new desktop and feel that I will definitely be more on top of things with it in place.