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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal Apps
I thought that multiple alarms had disappeared in the last version of iCal, but they're just a little hidden. If you click on the label "Alarm," as seen in the image at left, a pop-up menu shows "Add Alarm" and "Remove Alarm." This means you can have any number of alarms for a given event, which is nice for those of us who sometimes need to be reminded repeatedly.

[robg adds: Obvious to some, I know, but I didn't realize that there was a menu hidden there...]
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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal
Authored by: stevecopley on Jan 14, '04 11:49:51AM
That's neat!

Good discovery. It's prompted me to click all over my other favourite apps to find any 'hidden' features!

SC

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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal
Authored by: vengjence on Nov 05, '10 01:37:46AM

thanks this was an incredible help



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iCal need to be open for alarm to sound?
Authored by: sTvN on Jan 14, '04 11:53:57AM

On a somewhat related note, does iCal need to be open for an alarm to "go off"? What happens if your computer is asleep for when the alarm should "go off"? I'm finding that I'm not getting a lot of alarms, and think these are the reasons. Does anyone have any suggestions?



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iCal need to be open for alarm to sound?
Authored by: landis on Jan 14, '04 12:24:23PM

That's been my experience as well. I really need a hint to find out how to use alarms without keeping iCal open all the time.



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iCal need to be open for alarm to sound?
Authored by: googoo on Jan 14, '04 02:53:52PM

ICal does NOT need to be open for an alarm to go off, but (I think) that you must be logged onto your account. I think (although I have not tested it) that your computer must NOT be asleep.

-Mark



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iCal Snooze question
Authored by: SOX on Jan 14, '04 12:40:48PM

After an alarm goes off, one can set it to snooze for various fixed durations or, more handy, to snooze till an hour before the event. I'd like a little more granularity, like for example, to snooze til 5 minutes before the event.

I've been searching for where iCal sets the thresholds it uses but cant locate any obvious .plist that stores the template it uses. Anyone else brush across this?



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multiple alarms are a little funny
Authored by: scorpion on Jan 14, '04 02:10:21PM

I've had zero luck with multiple alarms. Specifically, I wanted an email sent to me and at another time have a message displayed for the same event. Well, I received no alarms for a while and so I called Apple. They told me I had to choose one or the other and if I wanted multiple alarms I would need multiple events.

Since I have two Macs, I leave my Mac at home awake all the time so it essentially acts as an iCal server and emails me reminders. But I don't know how to get around the sleep issue.

If anyone has success with multiple alarms, please email me. I'd love to get it to work.



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multiple alarms are a little funny
Authored by: googoo on Jan 14, '04 02:58:56PM

I use multiple alarms (successfully) all the time. I typically send an E-mail alarm several hours before an important meeting and a Message (with sound) about 10 minutes in advance. The key is that your Mac must be awake with your account logged on for an alarm to work.

-Mark



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me too
Authored by: SOX on Jan 14, '04 04:51:17PM

I can vouch for that.



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me three
Authored by: ptwithy on Jan 14, '04 05:39:51PM

But I leave iCal open all the time, stay logged in, and have my computer set to never sleep...



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me three
Authored by: bblfish on Jan 14, '04 06:38:19PM
I allow my laptop to sleep at night, but have ordered it to wake up before my alarm goes off by setting
System Preferences>Energy Saver>Schedule>Start up the computer "Every Day" at 7am
This seems to work. In the morning I usually wake up to some nice music.

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I stand corrected
Authored by: scorpion on Jan 15, '04 12:22:52AM

I tried this again on my G4 at home and it works fine. I haven't tried it on my iBook yet but am guessing something was just weird. It's funny that Apple told me I'd need multiple events, though.

Anyway, I stand corrected and still love iCal.



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multiple alarms & how to set them
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 15, '04 05:12:55PM

I think the confusion arises from a design bug in iCal: when you make a new appointment [which has no alarms, of course], the place you quite naturally choose to click is the word "alarm".

As you see in this image: http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwcaf/etsjcp/imagery/greyed_out.jpg .... a click on "alarm" affords you only a greyed-out menu.

If you click on the word "None", to the right of "alarm", you will see the menu you need for adding alarms. Now you can add your first alarm, as shown in this picture: http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwcaf/etsjcp/imagery/pulled_down.jpg ....

Most of you have probably already discovered this. That's perhaps why, when you want to add another alarm, you [quite understandably] look for the same thing you clicked earlier when you wanted to add an alarm ... but it's not there.

Now that you have added an alarm, you must click the word "alarm", <i>even though it did nothing for you earlier</i>. See this image, of the very same appointment, as I add a 2nd alarm:

http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwcaf/etsjcp/imagery/2nd_alarm.jpg

It's a design bug because the program functions, but the way it's been designed to function misleads you. Don't blame yourself; this needs to be changed so that the interface is consistent, whether you add 1 alarm or more than 1.

I hope this helps.

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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal
Authored by: bluehz on Jan 14, '04 02:55:40PM

Multiple alarms.. what are they good for when the current version of iCal is the most unreliable PIM out there. Heck I'd be happy just to get a single alarm for events I set. Instead - you have to either keep iCal open or fire it up every once in a while. In other words... you have to do the remembering or else iCal won't. Yeah... yeah.. thats the way a PIM is supposed to work...



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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal
Authored by: landis on Jan 24, '04 03:32:17PM

Apparently that's the way that mine works too. I've tried alarms in the past and they never seem to go off. I just thought that I needed to leave iCal open all the time and since I don't, I thought it was useless.

So the alarm IS supposed to work if iCal is not open? I always leave my machine on and awake, so I wonder why I've never gotten an alarm to work. Time to trouble shoot I guess.



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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 26, '04 01:12:41PM

I seem to recall that iCal used to fire off alarms whether I had started it recently or not -- I could be wrong, since I used it so often anyway.

Lately, I've been wondering what'll happen if iCal tries to play an alarm, especially one that requires playing a sound recording of my own, while I'm capturing video. I wish there was a global way to tell OSX not to interrupt me, temporarily, whether it's iCal, Software Update, or any other program -- just some way to prevent scheduled events or popups of any kind *while certain apps are running*. In my case, that'd be while Final Cut is running, or iMovie, or Compressor or APack [both of these last two have crashed or failed to compress files unless I closed down other apps -- that made the probs go away].

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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal
Authored by: lsloan on Nov 03, '10 06:39:03AM

This tip no longer works in iCal 4.0.3 and maybe some earlier versions. Events in the local calendar will automatically get an additional alarm of type "None" after a new alarm type is chosen. It's not necessary to click on the "alarm" label.

Events that are on a remote Exchange calendar server cannot have multiple alarms, though. It's probably a limitation between iCal and the server, or maybe just Exchange itself.

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Create multiple alarms per event in iCal
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Nov 03, '10 10:29:11AM
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