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Tips & Tricks

VueMinder Lite has many powerful features (if you're looking for even more, consider upgrading to the Pro version). If you aren't inclined to read the full help documentation, you can still quickly learn how to use VueMinder Lite to its full potential by reading the following tips and tricks.

Events

  • Events can be quickly duplicated by using the Copy and Paste commands from the Edit menu. The keyboard shortcuts are Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste. Learn more...
  • You can easily reassign an event to a different calendar via the right-click context menu. Learn more...
  • You can easily prioritize and categorize an event via its right-click context menu. Learn more...
  • You can type in any valid start time, end time, or duration for an event. You're not limited to the choices available in the drop-down lists. Learn more...
  • You can specify a recurrence pattern for an event by using the 'Recurrence' tab in the Event Editor window. Learn more...
  • To see occurrence numbers for events belonging to a recurring series, use the 'Show occurrence number' setting on the Recurrence tab of the Event Editor. Learn more...
  • To see a list of all events on a certain date, hover the mouse cursor over that date in the Navigation Pane. Learn more...
  • Events can be added without even needing to display the main VueMinder window by right-clicking the VueMinder icon in the Windows task tray and selecting a command from the 'New' submenu. Learn more...
  • By default, events are automatically marked as completed when their associated reminder is dismissed. You can disable this from the Reminder Options window. Learn more...
  • The default calendar for new events will be indicated with an arrow in the Calendar List. To make a different calendar the default, simply click it. Learn more...

Contacts

  • When a contact's birthday or anniversary is entered on the Contact Editor window, you can use the buttons at the top of the Contact Editor to easily add the birthday or anniversary to your calendar. Learn more...

Reminders

  • VueMinder provides two visual reminder types, a popup reminder window and a smaller desktop alert. Try them both to see which you prefer. Learn more...
  • By default, the popup reminder window will combine any active reminders into a single window. You can display reminders in separate windows by changing a Reminder Option. Learn more...
  • The initial size and location of the popup reminder window can be controlled through the Reminder Options window. Learn more...
  • The popup reminder window can be made to display above all other windows. To toggle this behavior, use the checkbox at the bottom of the reminder window. Learn more...
  • You can type in any snooze length on the popup reminder window. You're not limited to the snooze selections available from the drop-down list. Learn more...
  • If you accidentally dismiss a reminder, you can redisplay it by selecting the reminder from the Recent Reminders window. The most recent reminders will be listed at the top of the window. Learn more...
  • If you snooze a reminder and want to change how long it was snoozed, you can redisplay the reminder by selecting it from the Recent Reminders window, and then re-snooze it as needed. Learn more...
  • If you get a popup reminder for an event that is no longer applicable, you can delete the event right from the reminder window by selecting the 'Delete' command from the Open button's menu. Learn more...
  • By default, reminders won't be displayed for events that have been marked as completed. You can change this through the Reminder Options window. Learn more...
  • If you accidentally dismiss a reminder, you can undo the dismissal by selecting the Undo command on the Edit menu. Learn more...
  • You can specify any combination of reminder types for an event. For example, you can have both a popup reminder display as well as a desktop alert. Learn more...
  • The popup reminder window can be set to play media for a reminder. The media can be either audio or video. Learn more...
  • The popup reminder window can recite the content of the reminder, using text-to-speech synthesis. Learn more...

Calendar Sharing

  • You can quickly add holidays by using the 'Add Public Calendars and Holidays' command from the File menu. Learn more...
  • Calendar subscriptions can be created from calendars on the web, from a shared folder on your computer, or from your local network. Learn more...
  • To synchronize all shared calendars, press the F5 key or select the 'Sync All' command from the Share menu. Learn more...
  • You can include appearance and reminder settings when exporting to iCalendar files, but this information will be ignored by other calendar programs. Learn more...
  • You can import an iCalendar (.ics) file into VueMinder by double-clicking the file. This can be done regardless of whether VueMinder is already running. Learn more...

Interface Customization

  • The appearance of a calendar can be easily modified by using the Appearance toolbar. Learn more...
  • You can change the first day of the week through the Calendar Options window. Learn more...
  • You can resize the area of the Navigation Pane to make more months display, or to make the displayed months better fit if there is empty space. Learn more...
  • You can compress the display of weekends in the Month View by selecting the 'Compress Weekends' option from the Month View Settings menu. Learn more...
  • You can display the month and day number for each date in the Month View by selecting the 'Show Full Dates' option from the Month View Settings menu. Learn more...
  • If you don't want a calendar shown on your Windows Desktop, you can turn if off by unchecking the 'Desktop Calendar' option in the 'View' menu. Learn more...
  • You can customize the menu and toolbars by right-clicking the menu and selecting the 'Customize' command. Keyboard shortcuts can also be assigned for most menu commands. Learn more...
  • The Day, Week, and Month tabs can be dragged and dropped within the main window to create a customized layout. You can also have simultaneous views, such as Day and Month. Learn more...

Calendar and Event Appearance

  • The Navigation Pane will color-code any dates containing events. The color will be set to the first visible event on that date. Learn more...
  • The tabs of the Calendar Items area allow you to switch between displaying event colors based on the associated calendar, category, priority, and location. Learn more...
  • To quickly access a calendar's properties, double-click the calendar in the Calendar List. This also works for categories, priorities, and locations. Learn more...

Calendar View

  • You can show or hide all events belonging to a calendar by toggling the calendar's checkbox in the calendar list. Learn more...
  • Events can be quickly rescheduled by dragging and dropping them to a different date or time slot. Learn more...
  • Completed events can be automatically hidden by selecting the 'Hide Completed Events' option on the View menu. Learn more...
  • Each view type has additional settings, such as the number of days or weeks displayed, which can be accessed from the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the view. Learn more...
  • If you can't see an event's entire title in the Month view, hover the cursor over the event. A tooltip will be displayed with the event's details, including the event's description and reminder status. Learn more...

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • You can quickly go to any date by pressing Ctrl+G, or selecting the 'Go To Date' command from the Go menu. Learn more...
  • You can press the F1 key on any VueMinder window to get detailed help for that window. Learn more...
  • You can assign a global hotkey to quickly view the main VueMinder window. The hotkey can be set on the Program Options window. Learn more...
  • To quickly search for an event, press Ctrl+F. Learn more...

Other Tips

  • Click the 'Auto Preview' button on the Print window to see how the output will appear as the various print layouts and settings are adjusted. Learn more...
  • You can prevent accidental data loss by enabling the automatic data backup feature from the File menu. Learn more...
  • A Configuration Wizard helps guide you through the steps of setting up VueMinder the first time it runs. If you'd like to repeat the wizard, it's available from the File menu. Learn more...
  • VueMinder has an active user community. Select 'VueMinder Forums' from the Help menu to view or contribute to the discussion. Learn more...
  • If you're wondering how something works, a FAQ is available. Click the 'Frequently Asked Questions' command on the Help menu to view the FAQ. Learn more...
  • VueMinder will run when Windows starts. This setting can be disabled from the Program Options window. Learn more...
  • When the VueMinder window is closed, VueMinder will continue to run in the background. To fully exit VueMinder, select the 'Exit' command from the task tray icon. Learn more...
  • VueMinder auto-saves whenever a change is made. If your system loses power or shuts down unexpectedly, you won't lose any data. Learn more...

 

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