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Chapter 4. Calendar > Macintosh Palm Desktop Special Features

Macintosh Palm Desktop Special Features

Most cross-platform applications share the same interface and features, but that's not the case with the Macintosh Palm Desktop software. Because it's built on top of Claris Organizer (see Chapter 1), you'll find many features that don't exist in the Windows version of Palm Desktop.

Navigating Palm Desktop for Macintosh

One of the first things you'll notice is the presence of a toolbar at the upper-left corner of the screen (Figure 4.78). Clicking on the buttons offers a quick alternative to common actions, such as:

  • Create New Event (or press Command-Option-E). This opens the Event dialog box, allowing you to enter the schedule information without finding the time and date on the calendar first (useful when you're entering several events at different times). Click Add Another to stay in the dialog box and enter multiple events instead of switching back to the calendar view (Figure 4.79).

    Figure 4.79. Click the Add Another button to create a new event without exiting the dialog box.

  • Create Untimed Event (or press Command-Option-U). See the next page for details.

  • Go To Date (or press Command-R). This jumps to a specific date (Figure 4.80).

    Figure 4.80. Go To Date switches your current calendar view to the date you specify. This small window is also handy when you're viewing the Day or Week view, giving you a monthly calendar without switching to the Month view.

  • Go To Today (or press Command-T). Jump to the current date. Carpe diem, etc.

  • Show Date Book (or press Command-Shift-B). If you're viewing tasks or contacts, clicking this button takes you to the last calendar view you were using. (Note that this button uses the old vernacular of Date Book rather than Calendar.)

Figure 4.78. A floating toolbar features buttons to access actions within the Calendar module (named Date Book in Palm Desktop for Macintosh).

To create and edit events

  • Double-click in one of the calendar views to bring up the Event dialog box.

  • Click and drag on the event's time. Unlike the Windows version of Palm Desktop, the Mac software allows you to create an event with one click that spans its full duration (Figure 4.81).

    Figure 4.81. Click and drag within the Day or Week view to create a new event.

  • Choose Event from the Create menu, or press Command-Option-E.

To edit an existing event, double-click it in any calendar view, or single-click it and select Edit Event from the Edit menu.

You can also attach related records to other records (such as tasks attached to events, or contacts attached to events—the Mac equivalent of phone lookups).

To attach records to events

  • If both records are visible, drag and drop one on to the other. A link is created in both records (Figure 4.82).

    Figure 4.82. Attach tasks in the To Dos pane to events in the Day and Week views by dragging-and-dropping them. Existing links can be viewed by clicking the folder icon that is created after linking.

  • Click the folder icon () and choose Attach To from the popup menu.

To create a repeating event

Choose Untimed Event from the Create menu, or press Command-Option-U. The Event dialog box appears.

Set the starting date in the Date field (or use the popup calendar to the right).

Click the Repeat Event checkbox (Figure 4.83).

Figure 4.83. If you create an untimed repeating event, it will appear as a banner across the top of the dates within the assigned interval.

Specify a time interval from the Repeat Event popup menu, and optionally set an end date in the Until field. Click OK when you're finished.

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