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I Don't Have a Copy of mscal.ocx Calendar Control

Until recently Microsoft offered this file for download on their web site but the link to the file is now broken. If you require a copy, read on...

Microsoft's ActiveX Calendar Control file (mscal.ocx) is normally installed when you install Microsoft Office Professional (i.e. a version including Access) or when you install Microsoft Access. If you don't have a copy of this file you can download and install a copy here. The file should be copied to the correct location on your computer and needs to be "registered" so that your programs know where to find it. Follow the instructions below:

Download the mscal.ocx File

I have made available four versions of the file, one each for Office 97, 2000, 2002 (XP) and 2003. You can download as many as you like but you need only one. Choose the correct one for the version of Office you are using. I know that the file is forwards compatible (i.e. can be used with later versions of Office) but I have not tested it for backwards compatibility. If in doubt, choose the oldest version. The zip files each contain a copy of Microsoft's help file for the Calendar Control.

mscal_office97.zip mscal_office2000.zip mscal_office2002.zip

Copy the File to the Correct Folder

After downloading the file, unzip it and copy the mscal.ocx file (and its associated help file if you require it) to the correct location on your computer. This location depends upon which version of Windows you are using:

  • For Windows 95, 98 and ME this is C:\Windows\System

  • For Windows NT, 2000, XP it is C:\Windows\System32

Installations of Windows can vary so check for the correct location of the System or System32 folder before you proceed.

Register the Control

The final step is to tell the Windows Registry that you have installed the file. This ensures that your programs can find it. Click Start then Run and type: regsvr32 mscal.ocx and click OK:

Register the file

Windows will display a message confirming that the file has been registered successfully:

Registry confirmation message

The installation process is now complete. You will probably need to restart the program in which you want to use the Calendar Control file before it is recognised.


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