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Show and hide multiple iCal calendars Apps
I've been wanting to find a way to quickly show and hide multiple calendars in iCal. I was beginning to look into AppleScript options, when I decided to try a typical Mac trick and discovered this. As far as I can tell, it's not in the hints database...
  1. First, the obvious ... each calendar can be individually shown or hidden by clicking on the check box next to its name
  2. Command-clicking on any visible calendar's check box hides all calendars.
  3. Command-clicking on any hidden calendar's check box shows all other hidden calendars.
  4. Command-Option-clicking on a calendar's check box (shown or hidden) hides all other calendars, leaving only the selected calendar visible.
[robg adds: If you have a lot of iCal calendars, these can be nice timesavers. These are documented in the Help: iCal Keyboard Shortcuts page, but they are not very well explained. For instance, the page states that the Command-Option click shortcut will "Check or uncheck only the selected calendar in the Calendars list." I assumed that meant it was the same as a normal click, not that it would do a "hide all showing only this one." There's a useful keyboard shortcut hiding in that file as well -- press Command-Option-backtick (`) with a calendar selected, and all other calendars will be temporarily hidden, until you release the keys.]
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Show and hide multiple iCal calendars
Authored by: gdsimms on Feb 04, '05 12:48:53PM

Thank you for pointing that out! I have wanted something like this for a long time, and I've sent a few "Bug report/Feature requests" to that effect. I'm a bit chastened by the fact that it is already there. Anyway, I still think it should be more directly controllable.

The interface I had wanted was more like on a multitrack audio mixer, where each channel has both a "mute" and a "solo" button. This will have to do, I guess.

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Show and hide multiple iCal calendars
Authored by: adrianm on Feb 05, '05 05:31:32AM

Me too. Has the ability to hide calendars always been there? I always avoided using iCal as a task (script) scheduler because I didn't want to clutter up my other calendars.

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Show and hide multiple iCal calendars
Authored by: MJCube on Feb 05, '05 02:43:11PM
I agree, the help text could have been worded better. Here's how I would write them:

Show/hide the selected calendar Space
Show/hide all calendars Command-click a calendar's checkbox
Show only the selected calendar Command-Option-click the calendar's checkbox
Temporarily view only the selected calendar Command-Option-`

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