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Setting iCloud Calendar Preferences

The iCloud Calendar application has two preference panes, General and Advanced. They closely mirror the preferences in Calendar.

To set General preferences

  1. Click the Actions button, then choose Preferences from the pop-up menu.

    The General preferences appear circle_a.jpg.


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    circle_a.jpg The General Preferences screen lets you set the calendar’s appearance, formats, and alerts.

  2. Choose one or more the following:
    • In the Appearance section, choose whether you want to display 5 or 7 days per week, on which day of the week you want the displayed week to start, and how many hours at a time you want to display in the Day and Week views. If you select the Show Birthdays calendar checkbox, the Calendar application will show a new Birthdays calendar, with information taken from the Birthday field of the people in your iCloud Contacts list.
    • In the Formats section, choose the Date format (your choices are MM/DD/YYYY, DD/MM/YYYY, and YYYY/MM/DD) and the Time format (12 hour or 24 hour). You can also choose the Date Separator (/, -, or .) and the Time Separator (: or .).
    • In the Scheduling section, pick the default calendar you want to use for new events.
    • In the Alerts section, if you select Add a default alert to new events and invitations, you can choose from the pop-up menu the amount of time before which the event is scheduled that you’ll get an alert on your iCloud-enabled devices.

To set Advanced preferences

  1. Click the Actions button, then choose Preferences from the pop-up menu.
  2. Click the Advanced button in the toolbar.

    The Advanced preferences appear circle_b.jpg.


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    circle_b.jpg The Advanced Preferences screen is a potpourri of settings.

  3. Choose one or more the following:
    • In the Time Zone section, if you select Enable time zone support, you can change the time zone for the whole calendar, or just for individual events that are different from the time zone you’re in. If you choose this, a new Time Zone pop-up menu will appear in the New Event and Edit Event popovers. Choosing a new time zone from the pop-up menu will make Calendar automatically change the time of the event as shown on your calendar to match the chosen time zone. For example, if you’re on the West Coast of the United States, you have time zone support enabled, and you set an event to occur at 3 p.m. Eastern time, the event will automatically be translated to noon Pacific time.
    • In the Old Events section, select the checkbox to hide events, and choose the number of days after the event is over you want the hiding to occur.
    • In the Event Updates section, if you select Ask before sending changes to events (it’s on by default), iCloud will check with you before it sends out emails alerting people to changes in events. This keeps changes in your calendar from cluttering other people’s mailboxes. Choosing Email me shared calendar updates is self-explanatory.
    • In the Invitations section, choose to get iCloud invitations as either in-app notifications (they will appear in the Notifications box in the toolbar) or as emails.
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