In this tutorial I will show you how to change the standard clock with no calendar function in an Xfce desktop environment to a more functional clock with a calendar that most people will be use to either in a Gnome or KDE environment or even with Microsoft Windows.

Your standard clock should look something like if not similar to this.

It shows the time but if you click on it, you won't have quick access to a calendar.

Step 1: Firstly you will need to install an application called Orage. Go to your software centre or synaptic package manager and type "Orage" without the quotes into the search box. Click on it and install.

Step 2: Once it is installed right click on the standard clock and remove.

Step 3: Right click on the panel and select add new items.

Step 4: Type Orage into the search box and add Orage panel clock.

Now when you click on your new look clock and a multi-functional calendar will appear that not only shows the dates but also be used to insert events into with reminders.

Post-Installation tip: If you don't want the calendar appearing on your task bar or system tray and only want it to appear by clicking the clock then open the calendar and select edit>preferences and uncheck show in taskbar and show in systray.

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