14 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2011 3:16 PM by rikbarry
Saluda Judy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Every reminder I set in ical pops up with a default time of 11:45 p.m. Every time I have to change it. If it would use a default time of 9 a.m., many times that would work fine for me unless it is a specific meeting. How do I change the default time ical gives me?

I mac and macbook, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • 1. Re: ical default alarm time
    Ferd II Level 7 Level 7 (23,430 points)
    Saluda Judy,

    Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    Go to iCal>Preferences...>General>(✓) Add a default alarm to all new events and invitations (XX) minutes before the start time.

    ;~)

  • 2. Re: ical default alarm time
    Elisabeth Freeman Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Is there a way to do this for "all day" events? I set the default alarm time for events at specific times, but would also like to set a default time for an alarm for an all day event (and also to do items!)

    Thanks
  • 3. Re: ical default alarm time
    S. Edwin Collins Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I am interested in this, too. But I don't want an alarm added to every event because I have hundreds. I just want to change the default to something other than 15 minutes. Is there a way to do this, maybe using Terminal?
  • 4. Re: ical default alarm time
    Scott Rose Level 3 Level 3 (895 points)
    Not sure how to do this in iCal, but I know for a fact that BusyCal allows you to set a default alarm time for all-day events. Check it out within BusyCal's preferences.
  • 5. Re: ical default alarm time
    banzibuddy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    What we need is for iCal to let you set a default alarm time for normal timed events, say 15 minutes before its about to happen, and then for the all-day event not to be scheduled to begin at midnight, causing an alarm at 11:45pm the day before which is useless. It would be better if for all day events it created no alarm or else an alarm at a more useful time such as 9am. Does anyone know how to do this?
  • 6. Re: ical default alarm time
    miskeljp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Why in the world was 11:45 pm selected as the default for a reminder? To remind me of my big midnight corporate meeting? I have never, ever used that as a message alarm time. Doesn't 8:00 am (beginning of the work day) make more sense? I do not want an alarm added as a default, but I would like the ability to set a default time for the times when I do set an event alarm. Alternatively, I would be just as happy if Apple would change the ridiculous 11:45 hard wired setting to 8:00 am.
  • 7. Re: ical default alarm time
    MrCairney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi, I've often wondered about this. So I thought I'd take a look at the .plist

    You will find the time in the key 'PersistentMenu-lastUsedAlarms > Item 0> AlarmDurationKey

    You should be able to make out the default time in the value just before the ending '00+0000'

    Edit this to what you will and the default time will change.

    Not sure if the is the best way to get round this, but it definitely works.

    EDIT: OK, it works once, but then isn't persistent, which is annoying. Perhaps someone could take this as a starting point and run with it.

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  • 8. Re: ical default alarm time
    Ekapon Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I just found the solution which is ridiculously easy.

    In iCal Preferences - General:

    1. Mark 'Add a default alarm to all..."
    2. Enter a value '-540' (minus 540) in "...minutes before the start time"

    -540 is -60 x 9 which is 9 hours after "the day before".
  • 9. Re: ical default alarm time
    mac9999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The original post by Saluda Judy is almost exactly my question, except my issue -- which I believe is related to if not the same as the ical question -- is the default alarm time for TO DOs. When I create a 'to-do' in imail or directly in ical, and give that to-do a due date, then set an alarm for that to-do, the default time for the alarm is 11:45 pm the day before the due date. I would like to change the default time to something other than 11:45 pm the day before so that when I set an alarm for a new task, the alarm time is 8:00 am the day of, or whatever I decided to set my default to. I'm tired of having to change the alarm time for every to-do for which I create an alarm.

    And to reiterate; I don't want to create an alarm time by default for each to-do. Rather, when I choose to create an alarm time for a to-do, I want the alarm time to default to my desired time (8:00 am, for instance).
  • 10. Re: ical default alarm time
    monsoonmalabar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The last post in this thread suggests it has to be done manually:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1104619

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  • 11. Change default alarm time for all-day events in iCal
    Creswell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I feel like a bit of a dullard for not thinking of that myself. It works great many thanks Ekapon.
  • 12. Re: ical default alarm time
    KarinSlegers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm dying for a solution for this too! The -540 minutes option is not the entire solution either, since for most (not "all day") events I do want the default 15 minute alarm time. Is there really no way to set an alarm on a specific time for the same day for all day events?
  • 13. Re: ical default alarm time
    Frankns Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Karin -

     

    I have to agree. 

     

    I want two defaults: one, for all day events; a second, for "regular" hourly events.  When I select all-day event, I want the default alarm to be at ... say, 6:00 pm the day before.  And when I select 10:00 am on Tuesday, for example, I want the alarm to appear 10 minutes before of that time.

     

    I most definitely don't want to set this individually every time.

  • 14. Re: ical default alarm time
    rikbarry Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Yes, this works to set the alert TIME, but my calendar items suddenly decided that I want to be alerted by EMAIL to my gmail address instead of the MESSAGE WITH SOUND that has been my default for years!

     

    Apple, please explain what is going on, why, and what can be done.