6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2012 8:56 AM by pat1949
pat1949 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

iMac Mac OSX 10.6.8 and iCal 4.0.4

 

Is there a way to designated a to do item as a recurring option? For example, I have to file quarterly taxes, a to do not an event, but I don't see any way to get it to recur quarterly unless I enter it manually.

 

Thank you.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: iCal 4.0.4 is there a recurring to do option?
    fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,660 points)

    From iCal Help:

     

    To change how often an event occurs:

    1. Double-click the event. If necessary, click Edit to open the event editor.
    2. Choose how often you want the event to occur from the “repeat” pop-up menu.To make more specific choices (for example, to have the event appear only every third week of the month), choose Custom from the “repeat” pop-up menu.
    3. From the “end” pop-up menu, choose whether you want the event to stop appearing after a number of times or after a specific date.
  • 2. Re: iCal 4.0.4 is there a recurring to do option?
    pat1949 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know how to create a recurring event, thank you though.

     

    What I can't figure out is creating a recurring TO DO. I've resigned myself to it isn't a feature.

     

    Patricia

  • 3. Re: iCal 4.0.4 is there a recurring to do option?
    fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,660 points)

    pat1949 wrote:

     

    What I can't figure out is creating a recurring TO DO.

    Sorry, I misunderstood you. No, there is no such feature. Can't you use a recurring event as a to do?

     

    Alternatively, you could script it, or use Automator. In Automator, create an iCal alarm workflow which creates a new To Do. Then set up a recurring event which calls the workflow. Thus you'll have a new To Do created automatically.

  • 4. Re: iCal 4.0.4 is there a recurring to do option?
    pat1949 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That IS what I am discovering.

     

    If I use events for to-dos my calendar will be overwhelming.

     

    Automator? I've never used it. But I believe I will be right back to my conclusion: NO recurring to-dos; ONLY recurring event.

     

    Thank you for the Automator idea which I hope will be EASY.

  • 5. Re: iCal 4.0.4 is there a recurring to do option?
    fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,660 points)

    pat1949 wrote:

     

    Automator? I've never used it.

    Mac 101: Automator

    <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2488>

    I hope will be EASY.

    If you get stuck, post back here.

  • 6. Re: iCal 4.0.4 is there a recurring to do option?
    pat1949 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's what I discovered that I believe is going to solve both 1) my synching to my iPhone 4s iCal and 2) recurring event. It was as easy as I could figure out.

     

    In Entourage 2008 Preferences there is a SYNCH SERVICES option. It includes, Synchronize events and tasks (those to dos!) with iCal and MobileMe.

     

    I researched MobileMe and it looks like it is being discontinued so that was the end of that.

     

    But now, even without opening iCal, when I add an event or task in Entourage it automatically goes to iCal and then, after a Synch, I see my iPhone.

     

    Mission accomplished! Thanks.