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Tocanostra Level 1 Level 1

Hey all, so i updated to Lion last week and now when i go to enter an event into ical it sets the default duration at 8 hours. ***? How do i fix this back to 1 hour?

iCal, Mac OS X (10.7)
Solved by DowntownTim WPB on Oct 3, 2012 8:53 AM Solved
Joe, you are the King. This is the answer to our question. It works. So easy, just cut and paste into Terminal.
  • Ferd II Level 7 Level 7



    Try refreshing the iCal plist file. You will find the file in your Macintosh HD/Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences Folder. To get to the Library folder use Finder>Go>Depress the "Option" Key and select LIbrary. Quit iCal, drag the .plist file to your Desktop. Then log out/in or restart.


  • Tocanostra Level 1 Level 1

    Just tried the plist thing, but it didn' work. After more research, it seems like this is what lion does. the only work around is to enter a time for your meeting in the subject; in which case ical will default the event at 1 hour.


    ex: "Birthday party for Jen @ 9" it will show up in the cal from 9-10.

  • Ferd II Level 7 Level 7



    Your first post indicated a duration of 8 hours. The 8 hour duration was an indication of plist corruption. Since you followed the suggestion and refreshed the plist file, I surmise that it now reverts to the default behavior.


    For others reading this thread, events entered in the Month view without any time references will be entered as all day events. Additional event entry tips:

    1. Click Add at the top of the iCal window or press Command (⌘)-N.Events are added automatically to your default calendar.
      • If you want to choose a different calendar for the event, hold down the Add button (+), and then choose a calendar.
      • To change your default calendar, choose iCal > Preferences, click General, and then select a calendar from the Default Calendar pop-up menu.
    2. Enter a name, date, and time duration for the event, and then press Return.For example, you can enter “Super Bowl Party Feb 6,” “Movie with Rebecca on Friday at 7pm,” “Soccer Game on Saturday from 11am-1pm,” or “Breakfast with Jon,” and then press Return.
      • If you don’t enter a time duration for the event, iCal sets the event’s duration to 1 hour.
      • If you don’t enter any time information for the event, iCal makes the event an all-day event.
      • If you enter “breakfast” or “morning,” iCal sets the event to start at 9 a.m.
      • If you enter “lunch “ or “noon,” iCal sets the event to start at 12 p.m.
      • If you enter “dinner” or “night,” iCal sets the event to start at 8 p.m.
    3. To set any other event options (for example, to set your event to repeat, add an alert, or invite others to the event), make your changes in the event’s editor, and then click Done.




  • Mike Rivera Level 1 Level 1

    I correctly refreshed my plist file and if I create a new event iCal defaults to an All-Day duration and if I uncheck All-Day, it defauts to an 8 hour duration.  Really???  This can't be how it was designed to work!  I hope there's a software update soon.  Why isn't the duration a preference setting???

  • Ferd II Level 7 Level 7



    As you describe, under those circumstances I also see the 8 hour duration.


  • Mike Rivera Level 1 Level 1

    So is there no setting to have iCal default to 30 min. or 1 hour for a new event?

  • Ferd II Level 7 Level 7



    If I knew the answer to that question, I would not keep it secret.


  • Connie Mahan Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same problem. Trashed plist, logged out, same issue, new events go to 8 hours (after all day is turned off). Must be a bug of some sort. Since I'm mostly interested in the start time, and work off the monthly view, this isn't a big deal for me but I trust it will get fixed since it certainly impacts daily or weekly views.

  • Maztec Level 1 Level 1

    Please fix this or make it an option.  Nowhere does it make sense to have an event default to being all day, when you are adding an event from the calendar mode.  I schedule things out weeks at a time and have to check for a conflict, the best way to do this is to use the monthly calendar mode.  Having to change to another mode, type more, or do anything other than just click and enter is obnoxious.  Adding six more clicks to punish me for clicking on the day to add an event is even worse.


    This is an option that needs to exist:  "Default Event Duration in <Mode> Mode: [AllDay/1hr/30min/etc]" "Default Calendar in <Mode> Mode: [Work/Home/etc]"


    Thank you for attending to this.

  • robinsonsampa Level 1 Level 1

    Hi, one more vote to fix this, it's really annoying when you type the initial time and it ends in next day.

  • LarsBruun Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, I agree. I can not believe that the programmers and designers have made such a huge mistake and not continue this possibility in preferences.. Shocking...

  • Parrish Jones Level 1 Level 1

    One more vote for a bug fix. Default to all day or 8 hours is nuts. Another thing. In either iPhone or iPad calendar one can select a one day prior alert. On the Mac, one does not have that selection. One has to chose 30 day and edit it. How many people need a 30 day notification for much of anything?

  • 4x4bob Level 1 Level 1

    ical ***** now.  I like being able to put my times in manually.  I drink the apple koolaid and love a ton of stuff... I hate the ical mods.  Double click on a day for a new event and it defaults to all day? Then you have to edit, remove all day and if you change time to PM, it rolls the activity into a two day event.  ***?

  • Joe Quint Level 1 Level 1

    there's a terminal command for changing the default event duration. it is:


    defaults write 'Default duration in minutes for new event' 15


    the above would change the default time to 15 minutes, but any value should work.

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