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Use a keyboard shortcut to show the main iCal window Apps
Quite a specific hint here, but one I find saves me time. As a hardened geek ;), I tend to use the keyboard for navigation more than the mouse. I often keep iCal running, but with the main window closed. One thing that often used to irritate me was that if I needed to look at something in iCal, I had to use the mouse to select the "iCal" menu item (of the "Window" menu) to display the window. This menu item has no keyboard shortcut, and Command-1 to Command-3 do not show the window if it is closed.

I recently discovered that there is a workaround: The "Go to Today" menu item of the "View" Menu does have a keyboard shortcut (Command T) and does show the window if it's closed. So if you need to open the main iCal window from the keyboard, just use Command-T.

[robg adds: I'm not sure why the main shortcuts don't open a window if there's not one currently in existence, but this is a nice workaround...]
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Panther: Use a specific keyboard shortcut to show the main Address Book window too!
Authored by: xavierbdm on Nov 16, '03 06:54:19PM

Indeed, the main shortcuts ([command]+[1] -day view- / [command]+[2] -week view- / etc.) do change the display even if the window is closed, so when you bring it back, it is in the view you swapped to.
But they do not bring the window back, weirdly.
Luckily, [command]+[T] is there! Thanks for the hint!

On a related note, AddressBook is hugely annoying as there seems to be no shortcuts to bring the main (or any!) window back if you closed it (... apart from the long winded way: switching to full keyboard access and hitting [ctrl]+[F3] to navigate the dock and then select the AddressBook icon in the dock,which is like hitting it with the mouse: it re-opens the window. Ok, but annoying!)

I have actually used the marvellous (yes, marvellous, go and explore it, it is worth the trip!) "Keyboard shortcuts" tab of the "Mouse and Keyboard" system preferences panel, in Panther, to add an menu shortcut for AddressBook: here is how you do it:
- Quit AddressBook (Keyboard shortcuts that you create will not be active if the application was open when you made them)
- Go to System Preferences / Keyboard & Mouse / Keyboard Shortcuts
- Scroll down to the end of the list of shortcuts (on the way, peruse the others and learn some of them, productivity is at hand!) where it says "Application Keyboard Shortcuts": that is where your specific shortcuts will be added.
- To add a shortcut, click the [+]
- In the dialog, choose AddressBook (it should be displayed in the drop down list)
- Enter the name of the command (the menu item) you need to add a shortcut for (it is "Address Book" -with a space-, the command from the "Window" menu)
- Move the focus to the Keyboard shortcut field and add the shortcut of your choice! (I chose [Command]+[Alt]+[A], but that's me)
- Validate
- Launch Address Book, there you have it!
(For Jaguar, I imagine that adventurous people could open Address Book GUI in Interface Builder and assign new shortcuts to the menu item. I have never tried it myself)

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Panther: Use a specific keyboard shortcut to show the main Address Book window too!
Authored by: treck on Nov 17, '03 08:50:22AM

You guys are taking the long way around for no reason- If you have iCal running with the window closed, all you have to do is click on the dock icon and the main window appears...

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Jaguar: ABook open window shortcut
Authored by: Diggory on Nov 17, '03 12:42:20PM

In Jaguar I used to use Command-L (Edit card) - then Command-L again. (To leave editing mode)

This would open the AddressBook window if it was closed.

Alas under Panther this no longer works - the "Edit Card" menu item is disabled if the main window is closed.

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Use a keyboard shortcut to show the main iCal window
Authored by: PeterDie on Nov 16, '03 08:24:54PM

Yep, and that' s one more reason to use DagThing: you can easily assign a shortcut to open or switch to an application, but when the app is open and all the windows are closed, it opens a new window, be it a texteditor window, browser window or, indeed, your calendar.
You must tick "send re-open Apple event on switch" in the advanced tab of the prefs of DragThing.
btw, I always have a small application dock open, which also shows the hidden applications, which you can close from there with a simple ctrl-cmd click.



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Use a keyboard shortcut to show the main iCal window
Authored by: PeterDie on Nov 16, '03 08:25:17PM

Yep, and that' s one more reason to use DragThing: you can easily assign a shortcut to open or switch to an application, but when the app is open and all the windows are closed, it opens a new window, be it a texteditor window, browser window or, indeed, your calendar.
You must tick "send re-open Apple event on switch" in the advanced tab of the prefs of DragThing.
btw, I always have a small application dock open, which also shows the hidden applications, which you can close from there with a simple ctrl-cmd click.



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Even simpler
Authored by: SOX on Nov 17, '03 10:37:38AM

If you double click the iCal icon in the dock the main window opens.



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Mouse
Authored by: Diggory on Nov 17, '03 12:39:12PM

That requires using the mouse. The hint is all about not leaving the keyboard.

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Use a keyboard shortcut to show the main iCal window
Authored by: judahb on Nov 23, '03 12:54:42AM
Another way to get to this menu, or any menu for that matter, is to set in your System Preferences. In the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, it has a tab that is called Keyboard Shortcuts. Scroll down until you see Keyboard Navigation. Change the shortcuts here to what you want. I love keyboard shortcuts too, and this lets me get to any menu without using the mouse.

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