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How to Change the Calendar Start Date

In most cases it makes sense to open your calendar with the current date in view. In some cases, however, it is preferable to choose a past or future date as the default calendar view date.

Imagine a calendar used to plan a conference program. In this scenario, it would make sense to select the start day of the conference as the default calendar view date.

Change default start date

Reminder: to access calendar settings, you must have administrator access and use a browser. Calendar settings are not the same as user account settings. 

Go to Settings > Date & Time. There you can adjust the Start Date of your calendar.

Start date options

Choose from one of the following options:

  • Current Date
  • Specific Date
  • First day of
  • Past Date
  • Future Date

For the First day of option, you can choose the first day of the current quarter, month, or year, or select a specific month.

For Past Date and Future Date, you can select the number of days in the past or future:

To apply configuration options only to selected calendar links, you can use calendar link parameters.

Supported start date configurations include:

date=yyyy-mm-dd  Sets start date to a specific date, e.g. date=2013-09-09.
This is useful for calendars that are used to plan for a specific event, like a conference.
date=y1  Sets start date to January 1 of the current year.
date=q1  Sets start date to the first day of the current quarter.
date=m1  Sets start date to the first day of the current month.
date=today  Sets start date to the current calendar day.

Example: below is a calendar link with the initial calendar date, view, and side panel setting configured through link parameters. Click to open and see the calendar view as set by the link parameters:

For more details, see Calendar Link Parameters.


Updated on May 9, 2023
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