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Chapter 4. Calendar > Month View

Month View

So, you're the type of person who likes to see the big picture? The Month view is your viewfinder, although at first glance you may think you've stumbled upon Morse code: Who added all those dots? Tap the fourth box in the lower-left corner (containing a grid of 16 dots) to switch to the Month view.

Month view features

  • This screen displays the entire month in a typical calendar format, with the days of the week running along the top of each column. Today's date, if you're viewing the current month, shows up as white text within a black square (Figure 4.15).

    Figure 4.15. Your entire schedule is displayed using a minimum of space.

  • To move forward and backward among months, tap the arrows at the top-right corner of the screen, or press the left and right buttons on the five-way navigator.

  • Thanks to the new color-coded categories, event blocks are indicated by colored blocks on the day in which they occur. Due to a lack of space, events are noted by the period of the day they occur: morning, midday, and evening. Similar to the Week view, this gives you an idea of the density of your schedule (Figure 4.16). Note that a day in Month view will only display one bar for that part of the day, even if you have multiple appointments. However, if the events have different categories assigned to them, the block will actually display all the colors (though at such a tiny size, it may be hard to discern what's what).

    Figure 4.16. Realizing the limitations of their screen, Palm's designers opted for a “less is more” approach to Calendar's Month view. A closer look reveals the Month view's event blocks divided into multiple colors (up to three—see the 31st) when multiple category events occur during the same period of the day.

  • If the Daily Repeating Events setting is checked in Display Options (Figure 4.17), repeating events show up as a line of dots running along the bottom of the days they occupy. This option, the equivalent of “banners” in most desktop calendar programs, is off by default.

    Figure 4.17. Mark Daily Repeating Events to display the dotted line running along the bottom of a day in Month view.

  • An untimed event (if selected to be shown in Display Options) appears as a small diamond icon in the color of its category, immediately beneath a day's date.

✓ Tips

  • If you want to see just untimed and repeating events, leave them checked, then unmark Timed Events in Display Options.

  • Press the navigator's right and left buttons to move from month to month. Press the center button to select today's day if you're viewing the current month; for other months, you'll select the first of the month. With a day selected, you can use the up/down and left/right buttons to navigate through the calendar day by day. Press the center button again to open that date's events in the Day view.

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