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HT2513 In Calendar, what keyboard shortcut will dismiss the window after editing an event?

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After using the keyboard shortcut Command-E to enter edit mode, make my edits and then using Command-E to exit edit mode, I am presented with a window that has two clickable buttons: 'Revert' and 'Done'.  I have not been able to find a way to 'click' the Done button by using a keyboard shortcut.  In previous versions of Calendar, the escape key would dismiss the window.  However, in Calendar version 6 (OSX 10.8.1), the escape key is equivalent to clicking the 'Revert' button.  Has anyone discovered how to edit an existing event without using the mouse/trackpad?

  • John Maisey Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)



    For me the Enter key (⌅) works in OSX 10.8.1.


    Best wishes

    John M

  • DennisThatcher Calculating status...

    This has been doing my head in. I hate the mouse for regular tasks.


    So the answer to this question is that it's the ENTER key that closes the iCal Event Edit window and preserves your changes. That's the Enter key that's at the bottom right hand corner of a full size keyboard WITH A NUMERIC KEYPAD. The one just above the right hand shift key is actually the RETURN key.


    Seems you can make the return key act like the enter key by using Fn with it.


    I couldn't see any options in Prefs to make Return equal Enter without Fn.


    Now, while I'm here I'm going to see if there's a difference between a full size keyboard, and a laptop. Hold on folks.....


    Nope. In order to make the return key on a macbook behave like the enter key on a full size keyboard, you need to use the Fn key with it (which actually on a macbook is a comfortable combination).


    Now then, I'm just going to C&P this answer into all the various threads, so if parts of this anwer seem a bit OT bear with me.


    What I do think is that some people might be confusing 'editing' an event in iCal with just changing the name of the event. If you click on an event's name (or hit return, or enter), the text goes into edit mode. So you can change it from 'Romantic Night Out With The Wife' to 'Sordid Weekend At Motel With Mistress'. Er, for instance. I'll just try that. Editing, that is, not the Sordid Weekend stuff....


    Yup, and then press Enter or Return and the edit is saved. But that's just the title. That's without editing any of the other details (name of motel, length of time you think you can last etc.).


    Because what other people (most?) are actually talking about is Doing Cmd+E to edit all the details. If you do that, to alter the venue from 'Mario's Candlelit Bistro' to 'Greasy Joe's Cheap and Cheerful Motel, no questions asked' then you DO need to hit the 'real' ENTER key to save the changes. That's the one on the number pad. Or FN + Return.

  • DennisThatcher Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Or this maybe:


    The event is selected. Cmd + E to edit. Do your edits. Cmd + E to stopping editing. You're still left with a little window thing. Spacebar makes it go away.


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