Event Editor

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Overview

The Event Editor window allows you to create new events or modify existing ones. When you create a new event, the following window will be displayed. This window will also be displayed when opening an existing event, allowing you to view or modify any of the event's parameters. Tabs are displayed allowing modification to the event actions, recurrence settings, description, and file attachments. If any data or settings have been entered on a tab, the tab's name will be bold to indicate data is present.

The Event Window when creating a new event.

Basic Information

Basic information about the event, such as its title and date, is displayed at the top of the Event Editor window.

Title

  • When the Event Editor is initially displayed, focus will be placed on the Title field, where a descriptive title for the event may be entered. You can press Enter after typing the event title (while input focus is still in the Title field) to save and close the event.
  • The event's title will be displayed in the Calendar View. It will also be displayed in the Details Pane when the event is selected.
  • The title does not need to be unique and there is no limit to its length.

Location

  • An optional location may be entered for the event.
  • After specifying a location for an event, the location will be added to a drop-down list. You can select a previously entered location, rather than typing it in again, by selecting the location from the drop-down list. This list is accessed by clicking the drop-down arrow on the right side of the Location text box.
  • The location will also be displayed in the Calendar View, if there is enough space.

Calendar

  • The event will belong to the specified calendar.
  • Clicking the drop-down arrow will display a list of all event calendars.
  • You can type a different calendar name to add the event to a new calendar. The calendar will be created after closing the Event Editor window.
  • When opening an existing event, you can use the Calendar field to reassign the event to a different calendar.
  • This field is disabled when an occurrence of a recurring event series is opened, since individual occurrences can't be assigned to calendars that are different than the calendar used by the rest of the series.

Category

One or more categories can be assigned to an event.

  • Events can be associated with zero or more categories.
  • To associate categories, place checkmarks in the desired categories, accessed from the Category drop-down list.
  • You can also create, delete, or rename categories by clicking the "..." button. This will open the Category Editor window.

Priority

A priority can be assigned.

  • Events can be assigned a priority.
  • To select a priority, click the drop-down arrow and pick a priority name from the list. If a priority is not desired, select "None".
  • The list of defined priorities can be modified by clicking the "..." button. This will open the Priority Editor window. Up to 10 priority types can be defined.

Completed

  • Check this box if you'd like to mark the event as completed.
  • Completed events will be faded (semi-transparent) when displayed in the Calendar View.
  • If the "Hide Completed Events" option is selected from the View menu, completed events will be hidden from display in the Calendar View.

Start and End Time

The event date and time.

  • The start and date can be selected from a drop-down calendar or typed in using the keyboard. The drop-down calendar will show color-coding for each day, similar to the Month Navigation Pane. Also, you can see what events occur on a date by hovering the cursor over the date for about a second.
  • The event's beginning and ending date and time can be specified. Events can be all day, span multiple dates, or have starting and ending times.
  • If "All Day Event" is checked, the event will last all day and the starting and ending times won't be displayed. All day events can still span multiple dates. They will be all-day events on each day.
  • The starting and ending times can be selected from the drop down list. If the desired time isn't available from the drop-down list, you can use the keyboard to type in a time (example: "1:50 PM").
  • The event duration shows how long the event lasts. It can also be modified to adjust the event ending time, or vice versa. Duration values can be selected from the drop down list. If the desired duration value isn't available from the drop-down list, it can be typed in (example: "1.3 hours").
  • The minimum duration for an all-day event is 1 day. The minimum duration for a non all-day event is 0 minutes.
  • Note that the ending date and time must come after the starting date and time. If they do not, the starting date and time will be automatically adjusted.

Toolbar Commands

A toolbar appears at the top of the Event Editor, providing a number of commands.

From left, to right, the commands are defined below:

  • Save And Close - Saves the event and closes the editor window. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+S.
  • Save - Saves the event but leaves the editor window open.
  • Save and New Event - Saves the event and creates a new event in the same editor window. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+N.
  • Delete - Deletes the event and closes the editor window. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+D.
  • Print - Prints the event details. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+P.
  • Email - Initiates a new email using your default email program. The body of the email is initialized from the current event. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+E.
  • Defaults - Expands in to a submenu for saving the current event data as the default for new events belonging to the same calendar, or loading the associated calendar's defaults, which will override the current settings.
  • Previous/Next Event - Saves the current event and opens the previous or next event in the same editor window. The next or previous event is found by using the date and time of the current event and searching backward or forward in time until another event is found. The keyboard shortcuts are Alt+UpArrow and Alt+DownArrow.
  • Close - Closes the editor window. If there are unsaved changes, a message will appear asking if those changes should be saved first. The keyboard shortcut is Alt+F4.
  • Help - Displays this documentation. The keyboard shortcut is F1.

Action

A list of available actions is shown on the Action tab of the Event Editor window. Actions can be enabled or disabled using the associated checkbox. Actions that have already been performed will be indicated with gray checkmarks.

The list of available event actions.

When an action is enabled, additional options will be displayed to allow the action's settings to be viewed or modified. The Action tab name will also be made bold to indicate the event has associated actions. An event can have one or more of the following actions:

Recurrence

The following event recurrence types can be specified on the Recurrence tab when the "Recurring Event..." box is checked. Each recurrence type allows a number of additional options to customize the event recurrence exactly the way you want.


You can also specify a date range or maximum number of event occurrences using the Recurrence Range controls.

Description

An event description can be entered on the Description tab using a full-featured WYSIWYG editor.

  • This description will also appear in the Details Pane when the event is selected, as well as the event's tooltip when hovering the mouse over the event in the Calendar View.
  • If the description contains links to web pages or files, those links will be clickable in the Details Pane. You can also hold the Ctrl key while clicking a link in the description editor to open the link.
  • The editor also supports drag-and-drop, so you can drag files or pictures from Windows Explorer into the description tab.

Files

Any number of file can be attached to the event (as links), using the Files tab. The files will appear in the Details Pane when the event is selected. Files can be opened from the Files tab by double-clicking or using the Open command on the toolbar and right-click context menu. More information can be found here.

 

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