Some people have discovered an odd problem with the Windows Calendar popup when the date/time is clicked in the taskbar. It starts at the current date and does not show previous weeks.
Clock the time/date at the right side of the Windows 11 taskbar and some people see a full month, or even slightly more than a month. You can see both past and future dates in the calendar and it is very useful when you need to check dates.
Here is what it should look like:
Six weeks are shown in this calendar widget and you can easily see the weeks before and after the current date.
This is great, but some people see this instead:
This display appears when the calendar is minimized and only the current date is shown. Click the up arrow button to make it larger and see a proper calendar.
Unfortunately, instead of a full calendar, this is what some people see even when the calendar is maximized. Only the current week and the next week are shown. You cannot see previous weeks or dates beyond the end of the next week.
Are you having this problem in Windows 11? There are several solutions that enable you to see more weeks in the calendar.
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Hide and then reshow Windows calendar
I have found that this two-week mini calendar sometimes shows, but occasionally the full calendar appears. Click the desktop to close the calendar, then click the time/date in the taskbar again. You might see the full calendar this time. However, it does seem to be based on luck and mostly it shows the small two-week calendar, but if you are lucky, hiding it and reshowing it displays the full calendar.
Scroll the calendar
If the Windows calendar is stuck in a mini view and you cannot see all the dates you want, position the mouse over the calendar and spin the scroll wheel on the mouse. It scrolls through the weeks and you can go forward or backward in the calendar.
If you have a laptop computer, position the mouse over the calendar and use two fingers on the trackpad. Slide them up and down to scroll forward and back through the calendar weeks to see the dates you want.
Change the screen scaling
The reason why a small calendar is displayed and not a full one is because of a Windows setting called screen scaling. To make text easier to read on high resolution screens or small laptop screens, text is scaled up to make it bigger.
Press Windows+I to open the Windows Settings app and select System in the sidebar. Click Display and then click the Scale value. There are four options: 100%, 125%, 150% and 175%. They are basically text sizes and 100% is the smallest and 175% is the biggest.
When a large text size is selected, like 150% or 175%, a full calendar may be too large to fit on the screen. It shares the panel with notifications, so it does not get the full height of the screen to itself. If a full calendar will not fit, a small calendar is displayed instead.
Select a scale of 100% or 125% and the text is smaller and fits in the calendar panel. This means that a full calendar an be displayed. Basically, there isn’t sufficient screen space with large scaling to display a full calendar, so select a smaller scaling.
Select the scale that best suits you in Settings > Display > Scale. Some people need large text, but others prefer small text. At 100% to 125% scaling, you will see the full calendar. At larger scaling like 150% to 175%, a small calendar might be shown due to lack of screen space.
Whichever calendar appears, position the mouse over it and spin the mouse wheel or push up/down with two fingers on the trackpad to scroll it.