Dealing With the All-Day Event in Lion iCal

In Lion, when you add events in iCal’s Monthly view they automatically default to all-day events. Since you probably don’t plan to spend all day at the dentist, you have to uncheck the all-day box and then enter the correct appointment times. There is a work around for this annoyance.

When you create the event, add the time of the event as part of the name.

iCal Entry With Time Added

That kills the default and enters an assumed time frame of one hour for your meeting. When you click on the edit button you can change the end time if needed and make any other changes you really wanted to make in the first place.

iCal Event Edit Window

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5 Responses to Dealing With the All-Day Event in Lion iCal

  1. Frank says:

    This is a great tip. Allow me to add this to save you one more step. As an example, if the event will last for 2 hours you can enter Contractor 9-11am and it will enter it as that range, saving you the last step of adjusting the time.

  2. Maurice says:

    you can even give the end time:

    “event name 9am-11am”

  3. B Lane says:

    Thank you so much!!! I kept thinking “What programmer would have a calendar event default to 8 hours?? They must never use this program,”

  4. Ariel says:

    Thanks! I’m glad I found this! if it kept the “9am” in the title it would have totally been pointless…but since it automatically takes the 9am away, I can probably get in the habit of using this all the time!

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