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A fix for iCal refusing to show a given view Apps
After several years of use, under 10.4.3 through 10.4.5 on a PowerBook G4, iCal suddenly refused to display the week view -- the one I depend on the most! The failure mode appeared (as best I can tell) shortly after using an external display which caused a screen resolution switch -- but then again, my teen was using the PB around then also:-)

In addition to refusing to show the week view (either five or seven day), iCal wouldn't show 'all day' events in day view; the vertical scroll bar had disappeared (occasionally to show up literally momentarily and then hide again). Switching to month mode would show only a portion of the month (kinda zoomed in), but Command-3 would kick to the full month, etc.

After a week of frustration, and scouring Apple and the web with Google, I stumbled across the Set identical iCal window sizes hint here. The moment I saw how the plist file was laid out, I had a sneaking suspicion that somehow my file had been corrupted with either 'too large' or 'too small' windows ... and sure enough, the view rects section on my file clearly showed 0,0 and 0,0 as corner coordinates for *only* the 5-day and 7-day key value pairs. I followed the previous hint's instructions, set those two key value pairs to mimic the working 1-day values, and voila! I have my week view back!

It helps to exit iCal first, before editing the plist file: -- otherwise, iCal overwrites your efforts with its (broken) concept of the file.

[robg adds: Trashing the prefs would have also solved the problem, but then you'd have to re-do all your iCal settings (not calendars, just applications prefs).]
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A fix for iCal refusing to show a given view
Authored by: skully dazed on Apr 10, '06 09:02:58AM

That's a neat trick, being able to use software that's been out for 9 months for several years. Can you teach us how you do that?



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You sir, are a muppet!
Authored by: stevecopley on Apr 10, '06 11:53:32AM

Err... maybe before you make such a facetious posting you should check your facts!

iCal was released in 2002...

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2002/jul/17ical.html



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You sir, are a muppet!
Authored by: encro on Apr 10, '06 12:05:31PM

Skully Dazed was just bringing attention to the first poorly formed sentence:
"After several years of use, under 10.4.3 through 10.4.5..."

Have some fun :)

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