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How do I enable popups in Google Calendar when tab is closed?

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If you're using Google Chrome, you can add the Chrome App.

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still doesn't work. All the app does is put an icon on the home screen and open a new tab. So I ended up pinning the calendar tab to chrome. not ideal... – siamii Mar 8 '13 at 13:26

You can try using a Calendar lab called "Gentle reminders"

Go to your calendar settings and click the Labs tab at the top. Look for Gentle Reminders and click Enable then remember to save your changes.

Go back into your settings and you should now see (in the General tab) the options for Gentle Reminders. Try using desktop notifications - it will pop up a desktop notification near the system tray when an event is coming up.

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