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Don H. Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
The default alarm sound in iCal appears to be Basso. How can I change the default sound to Glass, so I don't have to make the change with every new appointment I enter?

iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • 1. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    Oliveroettli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I second that request. I'm moving from Outlook to iCal and I'm completely speechless about that standard alert sound.
  • 2. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    Gerosa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have tried to do this and cannot see a way. Does anyone have a solution for this?
  • 3. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    mlq Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "To change the default alarm sound, quit iCal, and double-click the com.apple.iCal.plist file in user Preferences. Click arrow next to Root and select Root. Click New Child button. Enter item "Default alarm sound" as a string and then type the name of the sound file under value. Save preference file."

    I can confirm this works. Found it here:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=271605
  • 4. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    Bunnyslippers Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    What worked for me is opening the com.apple.iCal.plist file in BBEdit (which recognized amd preserved the XML format. I found the following text:

    <key>Default alarm sound</key>
    <string>Basso</string>

    and changed it to:

    <key>Default alarm sound</key>
    <string>Reminder</string>

    "Reminder" is the name of the aiff sound file (which I "borrowed" from Outlook 2011 because I love the sound) which I had placed in my ~/Library/Sounds folder. You enter the name of the file without the file suffix. It just works!
  • 5. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    VNDL42 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried to add the string but iCal is still giving me Basso as default alarm sound, did I miss anything here?



    V
  • 6. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    danfromcambridge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Where exactly is the "com.apple.iCal.plist file in BBEdit (which recognized amd preserved the XML format"? I also have OS 10.6.7 but could not find that file (or directory or whatever) using the Finder search funtion. I also hunted around for it, but couldn't find it that way either.

    Thanks,

    Dan

  • 7. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    John Maisey Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    The file com.apple.iCal.plist is in /Users/<YOURUSERNAME>/Library/Preferences/ . Putting it another way, it is in your User's Library > Preferences folder.

     

    Best wishes

    John M

  • 8. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    danfromcambridge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.... But ugh.... How do I make the file appear legible? The way VNDL42 did a few posts up. His com.apple.iCal.plist file looks like a user-friendly menu of options. Mine looks like what I cut/pasted below. Garbledy gook.  (By the way, is that normal, or has my file been corrupted or something like that?) Is this because he opened it in "BBEdit"? If so, how do I do that? I don't know what BBEdit is and with right-clicking the option didn't seem to come up.

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    Thanks.

     

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  • 9. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    John Maisey Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    See here for BBEdit, however you don't need to be editing the plist file using an advanced text editor to do this.

     

    The terminal has a defaults command that allows to to do this without messing around your preference files with a text editor (to my mind a sure recipe for disaster if you don't know what you are doing).

     

    • Quit iCal.
    • Open the terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)
    • Copy the line below (changing the word Tink to the name of the sound you want) into the Terminal window and press return

    defaults write com.apple.iCal 'Default alarm sound' 'Tink'

    • Open iCal, new default alarms should now use that sound.

     

    Best wishes

    John M

  • 10. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    themartincard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    com.apple.iCal.plist doesn't appear to exist in the Preferences directory in Lion. Have you any idea where this file may be, if at all?

  • 11. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    John Maisey Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    Hi,

     

    Look in /Users/YOURUSER/Library/Preferences/ for the com.apple.iCal.plist file. 

     

    John M

  • 12. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    themartincard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    John,

     

    The file doesn't exist in that location, hence my query. All my calendars on my Macbook (the device on which I'm wishing to make this change) were imported from another machine earlier this month, however I have been using iCal as normal since the import. Do you know of any reason why this file doesn't exist on my machine?

     

    Mart

  • 13. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    John Maisey Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    Hi Mart,

     

    Perhaps you have not made changes in iCal that need to be saved to your defaults?

     

    Did you try the instructions here: Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal

     

    John M

  • 14. Re: Change default alarm sound in iCal
    themartincard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    John,

     

    I have made several changes to the default settings in iCal Preferences, however the file doesn't exist. I tried the Terminal command but this hasn't worked either; I guess the command can't be altered if the file doesn't exist in the first place. I guess iCal defaults just are handled differently in Lion!

     

    Mart

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