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I would like to be able to change the color of the days once they're over - is that possible?

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I don't know if this is helpful to you, but lately in my month view the days in the past have a slight light gray cast to them. – Al E. Feb 25 '12 at 16:58
@AlEverett: I looks like they've now added that feature. – chris Feb 25 '12 at 22:06

Not with the stock app or any of the currently active labs.

You'll need some third-party help, like perhaps a Greasemonkey script.

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If you switch to Google Calendar's "new look", past events will be faded. If you are putting off the transition because of the extra white space, just like in GMail you can reduce it by clicking the cog wheel right above the calendar and selecting Cozy or Compact.

The interface is designed to highlight only the current day because that's what requires the most attention. If you try to change the background of past days, you'll have to change the whole background so that they don't become more visually prominent. That's why the "new look" fades only the past events instead of entire days.

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