4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2012 5:21 AM by roam
Richard Gilpin Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)

I have my calendar on my hard drive.  It is in iCal v. 4.0.4 (1395.7).   It is full of dates that are important to me.  I want to create an entirely separate calendar for someone else for an entirely separate purpose that has nothing whatsoever to do with any of my own data.   When I click on the tool "New Calendar," all it does is to create a new category on my existing calendar.  I looked in the instructions for iCal for how to create a new calendar, and all they say is to to click on the "plus sign" in the lower left corner of the iCal window.  That, too, only adds a new category to my existing calendar.  That is not what I want.  I want to run more than one calendar on my hard drive, just as with word-processing programs we can have more than one word-processing document on our hard drives.   Can iCal do that?

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: How to create separate iCal calendar?
    Stixer Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I've got the same question.  I have one calendar, which I use for appointments and the like.  Now I want to create a separate, clean calendar where I record what I eat every day.  I can make a new calendar, but the events from my original calendar always populate the new one. That makes it cluttered, and plus I just want them separate.

    I have searched and read a few different instructional pages (including Apple's own), but I can't find the answer.  It must be simple?

    I hope someone can help,

    Thank you,


  • 2. Re: How to create separate iCal calendar?
    Stixer Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I should have mentioned: I have iCal 4.0.3

  • 3. Re: How to create separate iCal calendar?
    jcwsmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also have the same question for similar needs. It seems to me this would be a common wish. I am using iCal version 3.0.8.


    Anyone know how to do this, please?




  • 4. Re: How to create separate iCal calendar?
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Richard et al,

    You can run different calendars simultaneously, and they appear in the left sidebar of iCal.

    Each one is switched on by clicking on it, which adds a tick mark. They can all be activated at once by selecting all of them. From doing this you may see some events overlap. They are different inputs showing together on the one 'calendar page'.


    If you create a new one with the + sign it appears it contains the calendars of the other ones, but it does not. Untick any previous calendar and the new one will show as empty, which is what it is.


    Select the new one and fill it as you like, and those additions will just pertain to it alone.