After rolling out the same feature on its mobile app back in December, Google Calendar users can now set reminders in the desktop version.
When you now set reminders through Calendar using, Gmail, Inbox, or Google Now, it will automatically sync with the Web version, meaning that you don’t need to worry about missing something as you switch from your smartphone or tablet to your desktop.
A useful feature of the new reminders is that unlike a regular entry in the calendar, the reminder will remain present until it has been completed, which is handy if you have to call someone or run an errand.
Google also automatically adds telephone numbers or email addresses so you don’t have to spend time searching for contact details.
In order to set a reminder, create an event in Google Calendar as you would do normally, but instead click on the blue ‘Reminder’ button.
You can also set a reminder via a Google Now request such “OK, Google, remind me to call John Smith at 7pm”.
When Google made reminders available on mobile last year, Vijay Umapathy, product manager wrote “Our calendars should help us make the most of our time—scheduling meetings at work, remembering brunch with friends, and keeping track of all our other commitments.”