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How to use the new calendar feature on Buffer

Scheduling your posts is now more seamless than ever with our improved calendar feature. Thanks to your feedback, we've evolved our calendar to include more features such as filtering posts, changing your calendar views, and creating new posts!

📝 This article is designed to help users with the Buffer web app. All instructions and screenshots are taken from the web app. You can find the mobile version of this article here.

💡Your Questions Answered

  • Why can’t I see a larger version of my post when I click on it in the calendar?
    When hovering or clicking on the posts in your calendar view, you currently won’t be able to view a preview. We’re working on adding this functionality.
  • Can I slide my posts to different time slots in my calendar?
    While not ready yet, we’re currently looking into adding a drag-and-drop functionality so that you can quickly slide your posts to another day or hour in your calendar.
  • Why can’t I click on the calendar itself to create a post?
    If you used the previous version of our calendar, you might be used to clicking on a time slot right within the calendar to create your post. This isn’t yet available in the new calendar, although, you are able to click the Create Post button at the top right of your calendar to start composing. 

This article contains the following sections:

  1. Navigating to the calendar and choosing your view 
  2. Filtering social channels
  3. Creating and editing posts in the calendar 

Navigating to the calendar and choosing your view 

You can navigate to your calendar by clicking Calendar in the upper left-hand menu from your dashboard.

From there, you can select your desired view by toggling between Week and Month.

Filtering your social channels

One of the cool new features within the calendar is the ability to view posts from one or several of your social channels all at once. Filtering your posts is simple; just click on the All Channels drop-down menu in the taskbar and select or deselect social channels until you've created your desired view.

📝 When navigating to the calendar, all channels will be selected by default. You can deselect all channels simultaneously by clicking All Channels in the drop-down menu to remove the checkmark. Or if you'd prefer, you can deselect social accounts one by one.

Creating and editing posts in the calendar

Instead of navigating back to your queue, you can create and edit your posts right from the calendar view.

  1. To get started, click the blue Create Post button located in the upper right-hand corner of the taskbar. 

  2. The composer will display and you can select your desired social channels, create your content, and schedule your post. From there, you'll see your newly created post displayed in the calendar on your specified date.

📝 Notes

  • When creating a post from the calendar’s Create Post button, you might notice that any of the social channels that are currently filtered to show in the calendar are preselected in the composer, as well. Make sure to deselect any social channels you don’t want that post to publish to.
  • A quick note on timezones: The calendar will autodetect your current timezone, which displays in the top taskbar for reference. If your social channel is set to a different timezone than your computer is set to, the post will be reflected in your current timezone, but it will still publish at the correct time. For instance, if my post is scheduled to publish at 5pm on my London account, but I'm in EST, I'll see that post in my calendar is set to publish at 12pm EST (which is 5pm BST, London time). There isn't a way to see the timezone each social channel is set to from the calendar itself.
  • For an overview and guide on the old version of the calendar, click here.
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