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Show all events in iCal search results System 10.5
There's no way easy to remove old events in iCal. In older versions, I could simply open the search results and shift-select the events. In the 10.5 version of iCal, search results are simply empty when no search term is used. I played around with some search terms, and found that you can display all events in iCal by entering "_ (that's quote-space). You can then delete old events by selecting them, right-clicking and choosing "Cut".

[kirkmc adds: You can have iCal automatically delete events older than a certain number of days in the program's Advanced preferences, but this hint shows how to view all the events on all your calendars. While noodling with iCal, I found that there's an easier way to do it: just enter a single apostrophe (') or period (.) in the Search box. Both of these seem to display all my events.]
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Show all events in iCal search results
Authored by: magir on Aug 21, '08 01:51:48PM

Well, I actually wrote " without the underscore when submitting the hint, which works on my system but might be related to the german date and time settings.

I've been using this functionality to not only remove the events but also paste them to a different calendar basically for archiving older events, so that they don't appear on the iPod eventually minimizing the initial display delay.



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Authored by: kirkmc on Aug 21, '08 02:04:32PM

It's not an underscore, but rather quote-space, as I wrote in the hint. (I put the underscore to indicate that it's not just a quote character.) Quote alone didn't work for me. Apostrophe does, though.

Could it be that your system has German quotes, not the dumb quotes we use in English? If so, that might make a difference.

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Authored by: jdm on Aug 21, '08 02:32:37PM

For me (US System), the " works to show all events. The ' only shows events that have a ' in them, as in "Dad's birthday".

And using . shows only a selection of events, and seems to be very slow. It also seems to give different results at different times. Sometimes it shows only events in my "Birthdays calendar", sometimes it shows events only for a 10 year period. Right now it shows nothing after 2004. Strange.



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Authored by: magir on Aug 22, '08 01:27:59PM

I also noted quite strange behaviour in iCal 10.5, it sadly seems to be quite buggy :-/.

@kirkmc: Sorry for misreading your post. For whatever reason a simple quote works on my system, it's not a quotation mark.



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Authored by: jonreades on Aug 29, '08 01:24:59PM

Actually, iCal doesn't properly delete events automatically -- I discovered this bug when I started to synching to a Windows Mobile phone and it filled up my calendar with events dating back to 2002, or thereabouts.

It's abundantly documented on the Apple boards and the only way to really delete events is, in fact, to list them all and then sort by date to get at the oldest ones.



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Authored by: robleach on Sep 05, '08 08:06:11AM

That's not a bug. I use that feature all the time. I don't want to delete every occurrence when I delete an event. I just want to delete the ones I select. It makes sense that if you want to delete your selection, you're only deleting your selection. If you want to delete each occurrence, select each occurrence. Though I'll admit, it would be nice if it prompted you in every deletion instance how much you'd like to delete. It only gives you the delete all option when you select the first event.



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Authored by: robleach on Sep 05, '08 08:38:56AM

OK. I tried doing this on my boss's computer. I'm able to select all the events. Great. I can copy them and it warns me that it's only going to copy the original occurrences - perfect! However, when I click on the calendar I want to paste them to, 'paste' in the edit menu is greyed out! What the heck? The calendar I'm copying from was created by google calendar and he is subscribed to it. Is that the source of the problem? Doesn't seem like it should be. Plus, it's being extremely slow. iCal seems worse than version 2.0.5, which was quirky, but usually reliable and let me do what I wanted to do after quitting and starting up again. It makes me not want to upgrade.

Rob



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