Why You Should Be Using Multiple Calendars on Your Mac

The Calendar app lets you use as many calendars as you like, dividing up your events and appointments into groups that make sense to you. With multiple calendars, you can turn them on or off to more easily see what you have coming up and share only the events that you need to share.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Why You Should Be Using Multiple Calendars on Your Mac”

    Eric
    3 weeks ago

    Merge:

    Hi Gary. I don’t see the option to Merge calendars. Is it a new feature? What release of macOS and Calendar did you use in your tutorial?

    3 weeks ago

    Eric: I think it has always been there. I’m using Big Sur, of course. Make sure you are bringing up the context menu of one of your iCloud calendars, not something under “Other.”

    Brian Murphy
    3 weeks ago

    I’ve been using this feature for years and it is great except when I travel the world and come back to my home the Calendar “Birthdays” under “Other” (which comes from my Contacts) always is a day or 2 out, why does this happen, even when I change the date in my Contacts they still pop up a day or two later.

    3 weeks ago

    Brian: I’ve never seen that. Have you tried contacting Apple to report it?

    Eric
    3 weeks ago

    Merge:…

    Ah ha! On my set-up (Big Sur 11.5.2 (20G95), and Calendar 11.0 (2811.5.1)) it would seem that it is only Calendars “On my Mac” that can be merged and not those on my iCloud account.

    Is this the same for you?

    3 weeks ago

    Eric: No. What I am showing in the video, in fact, is merging two iCloud calendars. Perhaps you are trying to merge an iCloud calendar with an On My Mac calendar? It would make sense that that wouldn’t be possible as it would either remove those events from iCloud or add them to it depending on the direction.

    Eric
    3 weeks ago

    Merge:

    Still have not got this to work! Apple Support is on the case. Re-installing macOS Big Sur (at their suggestion) made no difference. Trying it on a new admin account (at their suggestion) made no difference.

    I tried it on a MacBook Air (Intel) and the Merge option could be seen once both via context menu and from the Edit menu but by the time I went back to take relevant screenshots the Merge option no longer appeared!

    Are you working on an M1 machine when you made the video?

    Eric
    3 weeks ago

    Merge:

    I did discover that I could simply drag one calendar onto another one to merge them (as long as they were on the same system, i.e. both on iCloud or both “On My Mac”).

    3 weeks ago

    Eric: The two calendars you are trying to merge. Where is each one? iCloud? On My Mac? Google? Somewhere else? Try it with two iCloud calendars. Also make sure they are YOUR calendars, not ones you have subscribed to or are special things like Holidays or Birthdays. I am using Big Sur and using M1 makes no difference (this is software, not hardware).

    Eric
    2 weeks ago

    Merge:

    Gary: In all my tests a) the calendars are ones that I have created, b) I have only tried to Merge calendars that in the same location (i.e. both on iCloud, or both “On My Mac”, and not one of each of those domains), c) they are not special in any way.

    It remains a mystery!

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