Before mac os catalina, we could press F12 and see the dashboard including the monthly calendar.

enter image description here

On mac os catalina, dashboard has been removed. Any tips on quickly viewing the current month's/year's calendar in catalina.

Thank you.


I feel your pain - I used the calendar in the dashboard a lot - and there's no sensible way of doing it with the in built functionality. I looked up Fantastical 2 - but I'm not prepared to pay 80 bucks for something that used to be free... So I found Quick View Calendar in the app store. It is free and tt adds this little icon to your menu bar - it does the trick!

  • Thank you. I didn't update my question but I went back to Mojave. So happy now. – user674669 Nov 20 '19 at 7:12
  • Ahh yes Quick View Calendar does it for me! The perfect replacement. Thanks @Pablo – dez Feb 11 '20 at 5:08

I just update my mac and Im now in the same case but I found a free widget (unlike mini calendar of previous answer) to put in notification center with a updated design (unlike quick calendar)


now I just put 3 finger (slide right to the left) on my trackpad to see my calendar

desktop notif center

  • Can it be switched to start week from Monday? – Johnny_D Apr 3 at 7:33

Open Terminal and type command cal. What you get is calendar of current month, e.g.

   November 2020      
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  
 8  9 10 11 12 13 14  
15 16 17 18 19 20 21  
22 23 24 25 26 27 28  
29 30               

You can choose to display whole year, for example cal 2021. For more options open calendar manual by typing command man cal.

This solution is available on all versions of MacOS (and Linux). Another advantage is you can copy and paste calendar as text to other apps.


As Apple removed the Dashboard for Catalina, the quick-view, F12, is gone, too.

To quickly view the Calendar you can add it to the Notification Center. I've found that this method is just as quick as using the dashboard.

If you need to see more detailed info, there's several other widgets you can add to the Notification Center, also.

enter image description here

If you know how to use Shortcuts, you could create a keyboard combo that bring this up, too.

Personally, I use Fantastical 2 on my Mac. It allows me to put small calendar in the menu bar. You can see it in the upper right corner of this screenshot:

enter image description here

  • How do I show the monthly calendar in Today/Notifications? A screenshot would be nice. – user674669 Oct 10 '19 at 17:12
  • 2
    You can't show a full month calendar in the Notification Center with the stock Calendar. That's why I use Fantastical 2 in the menu bar. You can check the MAS for 3rd party widgets, I'm sure someone has something there. – fsb Oct 10 '19 at 20:13

Drag the apple calendar app to the dock. This will create a shortcut to it there (i.e. next to finder/mail). If you click on the shortcut the calendar will open in whichever view was last used (day/week/month/year).


You can get a Monthly Quick View calendar in the Notification bar for free.

The two apps you can use are :

  1. Mini Calendar Widget https://apps.apple.com/in/app/minicalendar-widget/id1434026033?mt=12
  2. Quick Calendar https://apps.apple.com/in/app/quick-calendar/id1004514425?mt=12

Looks like this

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .