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If you manage your schedule on either Google Calendar or Yahoo! Calendar online, you'll be happy to know that iCal in Snow Leopard now lets you import both Google and Yahoo! calendars automatically, allowing you to both view and edit your calendars directly from iCal. This is a big improvement over the previous version of iCal, where the only way to view your Google Calendar was to subscribe to it, and even then you could only view the calendar, but not make any changes directly in iCal. Here you can see a Google Calendar I've created online. I have separate calendars for my lynda.com work related events, and I also have a Training Calendar to keep track of my running workout schedule.
And I'd like to be able to access and edit both of these calendars from iCal. So let's open iCal. And all you need to do here is go to iCal > Preferences. Go to Accounts. And then down at the lower left-hand corner, click the Plus symbol. And now we see the new account assistant where I can enter my information. From here you can quickly set up a CalDAV, Exchange 2007, Google or Yahoo! calendar account. I am going to select Google. And then I'll enter my Google account information.
And just like that, you can see my calendars are starting to appear in iCal, and because I am using custom calendars I created, in this case one called 'Training Calendar' and one called 'lynda.com work,' I need to let iCal know I want to manage them. So I'll click the Delegation tab here in iCal Preferences, and here I am going to check lynda.com work and Training Calendar. I also have a default US Holidays calendar available in my Gmail account, but I am not going to use that right now. I'll go ahead and close that. And just like that, you can see my calendars are now in iCal. And if I want to do anything like change their colors, I can just right-click on one of them, for instance, lynda.com work, choose Get Info.
You may want to pick a different color. Click OK. And now the color of my work calendar is changed. Now let's make some changes to the actual calendar itself. Let's say the Team meeting time has changed so I'll double-click on that. Click Edit and I'll change that from 1:00 PM to 11:00 AM. Click Done. And maybe there is an event on the 16th here. I will double-click. I will say this is Company lunch, and it's at noon.
It's in the lynda.com calendar, and I'll click Done. Now if I go back to my Google Calendar and hit Refresh. Go back to the Month view. You can see now my Team meeting is set to 11. It reflects the change that I made, and the Company lunch has been added to noon on 16th. So even if I am away from my Mac, as long as I have internet access, I can get to my current calendars. And this process works pretty much the same if you're using a Yahoo! calendar. Of course, this probably isn't of much interest to you if you are not a Google or Yahoo! Calendar user, but you might want to give them a try.
It's nice to be able to get your calendar or schedule and keep them updated, even when you are not in front of your Mac.
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