Open A Second iCal Window 6


Open A Second iCal Window


Normally iCal has only the ability to open one window, this is usually fine for most normal use. But every so often you may want a second window to spice things up, or to help you with your day to day iCal eventing. To this little trick is simple. It only involves my favourite thing on a Mac, the Terminal command line.

Open up Terminal and copy and paste the following. This will set a small debug menu item into your menu where a magic shortcut will appear.

defaults write IncludeDebugMenu 1

Once as you have hit enter restart iCal or open it up. You should then have a debug meny next to help. Within the menu there should be an option which says “New Calendar Window”. When you hit that button a second window will pop open.

Both windows will be kept sync’d up, which is another bonus feature. If you want to remove the little hack type the previous command again but replace the “1″ with a “0″ and you are all set.

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6 Responses to “Open A Second iCal Window”

  1. 1

    This was a really cool tip. I have been wanting this feature for iCal. I just wonder if it is possible to do something similar with other apple applications — iTunes, for example.

    Comment By JM on December 24th, at 6:51 am

  2. 2

    Any chance that the second window can display a particular selected calendar? and the original window a different one?

    Now they are showing both the same things

    Thank you very much for this tip

    Comment By AlbertoMichieli on January 11th, at 4:08 pm

  3. 3

    Is it possible to have selected calendars for the 2 windows?

    For example iCal 1 has work calendar on
    iCal 2 has home calendar on

    Thank you very much

    Comment By AlbertoMichieli on January 12th, at 1:42 pm

  4. 4

    I’m not sure, I don’t think so.

    Comment By admin on January 12th, at 1:44 pm

  5. 5

    Can you keep the two iCAL windows open upon restart of application? So you set the windows and the respective views once, and upon closing app and reopening app, it’s all the same. I found it opens a single window upon restart of application, and the view is that of second (supplementary) window, which I don’t want.

    Comment By Todd on December 14th, at 11:39 pm

  6. 6

    What a great tip! This and a few other key features would make iCal really powerful.

    Comment By stylist on February 15th, at 2:20 am