3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 22, 2011 1:17 PM by macorin
macorin Level 1 Level 1

I am wondering if it is still possible to have events that overlap line up side-by-side in iCal in Lion.  More specifically, it seems they only fail to line up when the time of an event isn't on a standard five minute interval, i.e. 5:05, 5:10, 5:15, etc.  If they are on five mintue intervals, they do seem to line up.


I have two events, one starts at 3:00 pm and goes to 4:00 pm.  The other starts at 3:19 pm and goes to 8:00 pm.  The events overlap instead of lining up next to each other.  I wouldn't mind it so much if it were possible to read the one that was on the bottom.  It sits beneath, with no way to know what it is without double clicking to get to the edit screen.  It seems odd to offer the ability to enter any time by the minute, but then to not allow you to see the events in the week view since they overlap.


Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.



Macbook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • TEMc Level 1 Level 1

    I stumbled across a work around on the overlapping item issue.  If I go VIEW - SHOW SEARCH RESULTS the overlapping items return to the old side-by-side behavior.  As long as the search results pane is visible my events with the same time or overlaps show side-by-side.

  • TEMc Level 1 Level 1

    Update - it appears dependent on the windows size whether the events are side-by-side or overlap.  SHOW SEARCH RESULTS just changed the window size and caused the change.

  • macorin Level 1 Level 1



    Yeah, I noticed both things that you are talking about.  I don't have that many things in my calendar that overlap, so I can probably live with it.  I also noticed that if you change the text size, the overlapping also disappears if you make the text big or small enough.  The other thing that I've seen is that the overlapping usually happens when two events coincide, where one of the events falls on a time that isn't on a 5 minute interval.  I don't know why this is the case, but it is in my experience.


    I would prefer that overlapping or side-by-side be something that could be chosen in the preferences.  I'm not really sure why Apple has it set this way.  I do not like it though.