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Day View

The Day view is where you'll enter and edit events, and generally manage your schedule (Figure 4.8). Access it from the other Calendar views by tapping the second box (containing one dot) in the lower-left corner of the screen.

Figure 4.8. Calendar's Day view makes the best of its limited screen real estate, displaying elements such as time bars, icons, and colored category dots while hiding unused time lines.

Day view features

  • Events of the day appear on the dotted lines beside their allotted times, which adjust to conform to your schedule (a meeting ending at 10:15, for example, is marked as such, instead of displaying somewhere before 11:00). If there isn't enough space on the screen to view all your events, the Calendar removes any unused lines. To disable this feature, deselect Compress Day View in the Display Options dialog box (Figure 4.9).

    Figure 4.9. The Day view Display Options add the ability to show the category column.

  • If you want to display the colored category dots—which really don't take up much room—mark the Show Category Column option.

  • If you select Show Time Bars in the Display Options dialog box, the black brackets at left will indicate an event's time span—a handy way to see if you've scheduled overlapping events.

  • Tap the days of the week buttons at the top of the screen to switch days. Tapping the arrows on either side of the buttons moves you forward or backward in weekly increments.

  • The icons at right signify that an event contains a note (), an alarm (), or that it is a repeating event (). Tapping either the alarm or repeating icon opens up the Event Details screen; tapping the note icon opens the note.

✓ Tips

  • Tap a time to open the Set Time screen and start creating a new Calendar event. Or, if you need to adjust the time of a previously created event, tap its beginning time and make your adjustments in Set Time.

  • With no event selected, press the up and down buttons to scroll to the top or bottom of the Day view screen (helpful if you have a lot of events scheduled on a particular day). Press the center button to select the top-most displayed event on the screen (the text cursor appears at the end of the event title), then use the up/down buttons to move from event to event. The left and right buttons move you from day to day, whether an event is selected or not.

  • If you press the center button while in a selected event with a note, the note's contents screen opens. Press the center button again to return to Day view.

  • If you're the type of person who can't stand any clutter on your desktop, and are bothered by all the extra dotted lines of non-event-filled time, there is a way to tidy things up. Set the Start Time and End Time to the same hour to display only existing events (Figure 4.10). Note, however, that the starting time will appear on days when scheduled items are light.

    Figure 4.10. Setting the Start Time and End Time to the same hour displays only the lines that contain events. Because the starting time will appear if a day's schedule isn't completely full of items, be sure to select a start time that best works for your schedule.

  • On color devices, red time bars indicate time conflicts between appointments (Figure 4.11).

    Figure 4.11. A subtle but helpful touch on color devices is the red time bar indicating conflicting appointments.

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