Using Custom Calendar Alerts On Your Mac

The Mac Calendar app allows you to set custom reminders that will send you an email message, open a file or launch an application. You can also add more than one alert so you can get both a notification and use a custom alert for the same event.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Using Custom Calendar Alerts On Your Mac”

    Howard Brazee
    1 month ago

    Neat stuff I didn’t know!

    My two wants with the Calendar notifications are:
    1. Alarm 5 minutes before I need to leave to get to the event.
    2. Let the Calendar check the Maps to determine how long it takes to get there.

    1 month ago

    Howard: You can already do number 1. In the event, look for Travel Time. Set that to something and then you can set the alert to X minutes before travel time. For number 2, you can add a location to your event, and then you get a “Time To Leave” alert you can add. That calculates the time based on maps and traffic. But I don’t think you can do “5 minutes before time to leave.”

    Ron Lambert
    1 month ago

    If there is a way to feed in a file of 20 Calendar Alerts, would you do a video on it. Thanks in advance

    1 month ago

    Ron: Not sure what you mean by “feed in.” What is the situation? What are these alerts and what are you trying to do with them? Maybe if I knew more, I could suggest a solution.

    Eric
    1 month ago

    Could Ron’s question be answered using a ics file with multiple BEGIN:VEVENT … END:VEVENT entries?

    1 month ago

    Eric: It depends on what Ron really needs to do. Waiting to hear back. I have a feeling that a shared Calendar might be the solution. But hard to say without knowing more details.

    Jasper
    4 weeks ago

    # 1 Am I right to think that there is no way to get a notification for the *end* of the event; except by making the alert occur after the same period as the duration.

    # 2 I see from the video that you could use Custom > Open File to run a script that says aloud something generic. But is there a way to script it so that it read something specific “Stop working on“ + “Name of Event”, so that you could have a single script that could be used on any event?

    4 weeks ago

    Jasper: Yes, to an an alert for the end, set the alert for the same time after the event as the duration of the event. Or, set two events, one for the start, one for the end. No, I can’t think of a way to what you want in #2, at least not without a great amount of effort.

    Steven Due
    6 days ago

    Is there a way to send the email reminder for a calendar event to an email besides your own? It is only putting in my email and not able to change.

    6 days ago

    Steven: No, you can’t do that. Then it would basically be an email sending scheduler, which brings up all sorts of security and email regulation issues.

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