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Chapter 8. Using iCal > Subscribing to Calendars

Subscribing to Calendars

You can use iCal to subscribe to a calendar that someone else (or you, if you like) has published to a .Mac membership. This imports the calendar into your copy of iCal, so that you can view that calendar without opening a Web browser. You can customize your subscription by updating the subscription on a regular basis, as well as removing alarms and To Do items.

To subscribe to a calendar

1.
In the Applications folder, double-click the iCal icon to open the application.

The main iCal window opens.

2.
From the Calendar menu, choose Subscribe (Command-Option-S) (Figure 8.11).

Figure 8.11. To subscribe to an iCal calendar, choose Subscribe from the Calendar menu.


The “Subscribe to” sheet slides down.

3.
In the “Subscribe to” field, type the URL of the calendar you're subscribing to (Figure 8.12).

Figure 8.12. To subscribe to an iCal calendar, enter its URL in the “Subscribe to” field. The URL should begin with webcal://.


The URL should begin with webcal://.

4.
Click Subscribe.

The calendar is downloaded, and the “Subscribing to” sheet appears, asking you to customize the subscription.

5.
In the “Subscribing to” sheet, do the following (Figure 8.13):

  • In the Title field, type a title for the calendar (one is supplied for you).

  • If you want to have your calendar automatically updated, check the Refresh check box.

  • From the Refresh pop-up menu, choose a frequency for the updates. Your choices are “every 15 minutes,” “every hour,” “every day,” and “every week.”

  • To remove all alarms from the calendar, check the “Remove alarms” box.

  • To remove To Do items from the calendar, check the “Remove To Do items” check box.

Figure 8.13. In the “Subscribing to” sheet, you can give the calendar a name, set how often it's checked for new information, and set whether alarms and To Do items are also subscribed to by checking the appropriate boxes.


6.
Click OK.

The calendar is added to the bottom of iCal's Calendars column on the left side of the window (Figure 8.14).

Figure 8.14. Once you've subscribed to a calendar, it appears in the Calendars section of your iCal page.



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