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Chapter 4. Calendar > Creating Repeating Events

Creating Repeating Events

Scheduling one-off appointments and reminders is a great use for Calendar, but the best reason to own a Palm OS device is to easily keep track of recurring events.

To create a repeating event

Select an event and tap the Details button.

Tap the Repeat popup menu and choose whether the event is a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or yearly. Or, tap Other to manually modify the repetition via the Change Repeat dialog (Figure 4.35).

Figure 4.35. Why manually add the same events over and over? Repeating events allow you to specify multiple days of the week, among other options.

In the Change Repeat dialog, specify if the event is a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly event by tapping one of the boxes at the top of the screen.

Write the numerical frequency of the event in the Every field.

If the event stops repeating on a certain date, select Choose Date from the End on popup menu; otherwise, leave it set to No End Date.

Depending on your selection in step 3, you can specify additional event criteria.

Weekly events can be set to repeat on one day or multiple days by tapping in the appropriate Repeat on boxes.

Monthly events can be repeated by day (“The 1st Wednesday of every month”) or by date (“The 5th of every month”) (Figure 4.36).

Figure 4.36. Calendar is smart enough to base the repeated event upon the date that's selected.

Yearly events, by default, are set to repeat according to the date of the first event.

Tap OK to exit the dialog; you'll see the repeating event icon appear to the right of your record in the Day view, and a dotted line in the Week and Month views (the latter if Daily Repeating Events is selected in Display Options) (Figure 4.37).

Figure 4.37. Repeated events are shown with an icon in the Day view, and a dotted line in the Month view.

To change a repeating event

Tap any occurrence (you don't have to edit the first record you create) to select it, then tap the Details button.

Make any changes you like, including time, date, or attached notes, then tap OK.

Choose whether you wish to apply the change to the Current record, All occurrences of the event, or if you'd rather Cancel (Figure 4.38).

Figure 4.38. If you change an existing repeating event, you're asked how you prefer to implement the changes.

The Future option leaves past occurrences intact and applies the changes only to the current and future repetitions.

If you only change the title of the event, the change is automatically applied to all occurrences without displaying the Repeating Event dialog box.

✓ Tips

  • Tap the repeating event icon in Day view to open an event.

  • What about those events, like Thanks-giving, that occur yearly but are based on a particular day of the week? Since the yearly repeat option only specifies the event's date, you have to out-think Calendar. Set up a monthly repeat that occurs every 12 months, and choose Repeat by Day (Figure 4.39).

    Figure 4.39. Yearly occasions that fall on a particular day of the week, such as Thanksgiving or Labor Day, can be set up as monthly, not yearly, repeating events.

  • Where scheduling an important recurring event such as a birthday once required a bit of a workaround, Palm OS 5.2 makes it easy peasy. The Contacts application now includes a Birthday field with an alarm that lets you set how far ahead you want to be reminded of the special day.

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