OS X Mountain Lion includes three great applications to help you stay organized: Calendar, Reminders and Notes. This part will cover Calendar, and the next part will cover Reminders and Notes.
As its name implies, Calendar allows you to store your appointments, and can alert you at a set time when a scheduled appointment’s date and time is drawing near. You can also use the application to see your schedule in daily, weekly, monthly and yearly views.
To open Calendar, click it’s icon in the dock, or in Launchpad if it is not in your dock. At the top of the application you have the day, week, month and year views to choose from — clicking on one of the four tabs switches the calendar to that view.
The easiest way to add an event to your calendar is by clicking + in the top left of the window. This opens a small popup text field where you can simply type in what you would like to add your schedule. For instance, if you are planning on going to see a movie at the cinema at 7 p.m. this Friday, simply type Movie at 7pm on Friday.
Or, if you are going on a business trip next Thursday and Friday, type Business Trip next Thursday to Friday. Press Enter, and the event is added to your calendar automatically!
Once the event has been added, the Calendar application pops up a small-window, allowing you to check the details of the event, and change or add details if necessary. Details such as the event title, location, date and time can be edited simply by clicking in the appropriate area and typing new details. You can also choose which calendar the event should be shown on (by default you can choose from Home and Work — home events will appear on your calendar in blue, and work events in green), and set an alert so that the Calendar application will remind you of the event at the time you set. Click Done to save any changes you make.
Should you need to edit an event in the future, just double click on it to bring up the same small popup window once more, and click Edit. Enter new details, and click Done. To delete an event, just select the event by clicking on it once, and press Backspace.
Steve Horton has been working with computers for over 20 years. He's dedicated to helping people get the most out of their PCs, and likes playing cards and writing comics.
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