I divide my time up to 15 minute intervals.
But Google Calendar seems to want to treat all of my reminders as needing 30 minutes to display, even if they are spaced 15 minutes apart, resulting in half of each reminder overlapping on the previous which cuts the horizontal space for each in half as show in the screen shot below: enter image description here

As you can see, I can't even read what each reminder is for! I have gone to Settings and under Event settings I have set the default duration to 15 minutes. This seems to be the only relevant setting.

On Android I can zoom in and out by pinch to zoom, but this is never enough to let each task have it's own line. In a browser, the only way I can figure to zoom in and out is to alter the browser's zoom factor, and this also does not achieve the desired effect.

If it makes any difference, the same thing happens with events, but I only use events for things that are at least half an hour in length.

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    I don't think there's a way to do that. That's something that's also frustrated me. I expect it's a design decision by Google because otherwise the blocks would be too thin to read.
    – ale
    Oct 2, 2018 at 13:17
  • @ale not if there is more vertical space in each time slot. which pinch zooming does seem do, except that the font size also gets scaled for some reason...
    – Michael
    Oct 2, 2018 at 19:57

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Google Calendar does NOT allow 4 VIEW entries per hour.
You would have to change to OUTLOOK which does allow this.

  • Is there any alternative app with that feature though? Maybe a desktop app? Mar 18, 2020 at 14:44

Woohoo! I just noticed today that Google Calendar now has the native functionality to display a 15-minute appointment at the proportional height you want it, that is, only taking up one-quarter of the hour-long slot. Finally! At least Google got there in the end, after years of feature requests. :)

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