Calendar View is Defaulting to Created Date and not current month

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Hello I have an Events sheet that only has one date in the sheet. When we go to open the calendar view, it opens to the month the form was created and not the current month. I can't seem to change this. Is there a setting I am missing?

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  • Genevieve P.
    Genevieve P. Employee Admin
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    Hi @Gabe Tarin

    Where the Calendar View opens up to will depend on the content you have in your sheet:

    • If you have dates both in the past and in the future, the Calendar View will open to Today's Date.
    • If you only have dates in the past, it will open to the oldest/earliest recorded date.
    • If you only have dates in the future, it will open to the closest recorded date to Today.

    There currently isn't a setting to force the Calendar to always open on Today, but please let our Product team know about your request by filling in this form, here!

    Let me know if I can clarify anything further for you.

    Cheers,

    Genevieve

  • ashley_meade
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    Hi - this response says "If you have dates both in the past and in the future, the Calendar View will open to Today's Date." I don't find that to be true. I have dates both in the past and in the future, but the calendar always opens to the first date in the Smartsheet (in my case last December). What am I doing wrong?

  • Genevieve P.
    Genevieve P. Employee Admin
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    Hi @ashley_meade

    I'd like to try and replicate what you're seeing - can you post a screen capture of your sheet/dates in Grid view? (But please block out sensitive data)

  • ashley_meade
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    Sure, see the attached JPG to see the list of dates in Grid view. Today is April 18 and you can see that it has dates in the past and dates in the future. The earliest date in this Smartsheet is December 1, and whenever I visit the Calendar View it shows December no matter the current date. I then have to click the "Today" button to get to the current month.


  • Genevieve P.
    Genevieve P. Employee Admin
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    Hi @ashley_meade

    That is odd, your sheet is set up correctly. Can you try "refreshing" the settings by adjusting the Gantt settings:

    • Switch to Gantt view using the menu in the toolbar
    • Click on the Project Settings gear wheel in the top right
    • Choose Timeline Display on the left side of the pop-up
    • Check the Open to today's date option
    • Click OK then return to the Calendar view

    Thanks!

    Genevieve

  • ashley_meade
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    Hi - I followed your instructions and checked the "Open to today's date box" ... that seemed promising but unfortunately no change ... the calendar still shows December when you first visit it. I honestly thought this was a known behavior because I saw this Product Idea that says 'With the calendar view, the default seems to be to open to the month in which the first item is logged, but it would be very helpful to have a feature that allows it to be changed to open to "today" or "current month." https://community.smartsheet.com/discussion/107237/default-calendar-view-to-today?_gl=1*dcparc*_ga*NDU2MjQ1MDU1LjE3MDc0Mjg4OTM.*_ga_ZYH7XNXMZK*MTcxMzUzMzQzOS43LjEuMTcxMzUzMzk3OC4zMi4wLjA. Do you have a working example of a calendar where it opens to current month rather than the month of the earliest logged date?

  • Genevieve P.
    Genevieve P. Employee Admin
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    Hi @ashley_meade

    The bullet points above are the expected behaviour: where the sheet opens up in Calendar view will depend on the dates in the sheet (if it's a mix of past and present, only past, or only future dates). I believe the linked Idea has to do with opening on Today's date regardless of dates in the sheet.

    Can you try the following tests:

    • Once selecting the "Today's date" option in Gantt view, fully sign out of Smartsheet and sign back in again
    • Create a copy of the sheet with Save as New to see if the new sheet opens correctly
    • Double check that your dates have the correct year associated (I've seen some sheets where the '24 is for 1924 accidentally)

    Here's an example of how it displays in my test sheet:




    Source Sheet in Grid View

    I notice the don't all have an End Date, which is how I tested this sheet, too.







    Where it opens in Calendar View





    Can I ask how many tasks you have in your sheet? How many years are you spanning?