Basics of the Samsung Galaxy S 5’s Calendar Display Preferences - dummies

Basics of the Samsung Galaxy S 5’s Calendar Display Preferences

By Bill Hughes

Before you get too far into playing around with your calendar, you’ll want to choose how you view it on your Samsung Galaxy S 5. If you don’t have a lot of events on your calendar, using the monthly display is probably a fine option.

On the other hand, if your day is jam-packed with personal and professional events, the daily or weekly schedules might prove more practical. Switching views is easy.

Start by tapping the Change View icon. This brings up the calendar options.

Among these options, the time-based descriptions, Year, Month, Week, and Day, display events as blocked out times on your calendar.

An alternative view, Agenda, shows the events in order, regardless of the day they’re on. This is useful for people who tend to work on events until they are done rather than on a set schedule. Also, this approach helps some people anticipate events coming their way. You can decide if this view is for you.


The Month and Agenda view is a hybrid that blends the two approaches. It shows the days you have something going on alongside upcoming items at the bottom of the screen.


In addition to the default display option, you can set other personal preferences for the calendar on your phone. To get to the settings for the calendar, tap the Options Menu key and tap Settings. Doing so brings up the calendar application’s settings option screen.


The settings include the following options:

  • First Day of Week: The standard in the United States is that a week is displayed from Sunday to Saturday. If you prefer the week to start on Saturday or Monday, you can change it here.

  • Show Week Number: Some people prefer to see the week number on the weekly calendar. If you count yourself among those, check this option.

  • Hide Declined Events: When some people decline an event, they don’t care to hear about it again, but others may want to keep a reminder. Here the default setting is to hide declined events; if you want to see them, deselect this box.

  • Hide Completed Tasks: Track tasks in addition to appointments. Like the previous option, you can view these or hide them.

  • Weather: Show weather forecast on your calendar.

  • Lock Time Zones: When you travel to a new time zone, your phone will take on the new time zone. This is a nice convenience, but for some it may be confusing. If you prefer that the calendar remain in your home time zone, check this option.

  • Set Alerts Type: When an event is approaching, you can have the phone alert you with a pop-up, signal a notification on the status line, or do nothing. The default is to give you a notification, but you can change that option here.

  • Select Notification Sound: If you enable the Set Alerts Type option, this setting allows you to play an audio file to announce an event’s arrival.