Google Calendar has all kinds of great built-in functions, but one that’s missing is the ability to easily jump to any day, month, or year. Luckily, there is a way to enable that, if you know where to look.
Without that feature enabled, the typical way to flip forward and backward in time is to use the mini calendar or the Previous and Next arrows:
This is fine if you only want to go backwards or forwards a few months, but if you really want to jump around (we’re talking a year or years here) you should go to the settings “gear” and choose Labs:
In Labs, scroll down until you find “Jump to date.” Click the Enable button, and then the Save button at the bottom of the list:
You’ll be returned to your Calendar view, but now with the addition of the “Jump to date” feature in the right sidebar:
To use the new feature, just choose the month, day, and/or year you want to jump to and click the “Jump to date” button. For example, I’ve set my year to 2019 and clicked the button, instantly jumping ahead two years:
And if you’re concerned about using up all that screen real estate with this new feature, fear not: just toggle the little “arrow” tab to hide or display the “Jump to date” sidebar again:
You’ll get all your calendar space back again, with that handy new feature ready to be re-deployed with the click of a little tab.
Bonus tip: once you’re done traveling through time and want to return to the present day, don’t bother setting the “Jump to date” back to the current date; just click the built-in Today button: