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One of the quirks of the previous version of iCal that many people found slowed them down, was that viewing the details of any event required first double-clicking the event, and if you wanted to edit an event, you have to click the Edit button. And as you can see, this multiple-step process still exists here in this latest version of iCal, but you can change some options to make your workflow a little smoother. First, and most importantly, iCal now has an omnipresent Inspector, similar to the Inspector you'll find in other Apple applications. To display it, choose Edit > Show Inspector or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+I. Let's just move this over a little bit. And here you can see the Inspector window.
Inspector stays open and in place as you select events in your calendar, so you don't have to worry about double-clicking and jumping around the screen to view events. And you no longer have to click an Edit button to make changes to an event. Just select the event, and then click in the Inspector to make the required changes. Now there may also be times when you need to view the details of multiple events simultaneously. For example, if you need to make sure two events don't conflict with each other. Go to iCal > Preferences. Go to the Advanced tab and select the new checkbox labeled 'Open events in separate windows.' Now when I single-click events, I still see the details in the Inspector, but when I double-click events they open in their own floating window. And I can double-click other events to open them in their own windows as well.
Again, this gives you the ability to look at event side-by-side to check them for conflicts or maybe just to serve as a visual reminder of an upcoming event.
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