Shut Off iCal Alert Reminders For Increased Sanity [OS X Tips]

Shut Off iCal Alert Reminders For Increased Sanity [OS X Tips]

Now here’s a tip that should save me a bit of sanity. I hope it does for you, too. I use Google calendar for much of my scheduling needs, but nothing beats iCal for a quick, offline calendar that runs on my computer. With the calendar info coming in from Google, though, I get reminders on my iPhone, my iPad, and my Mac via iCal. I really don’t need iCal to remind me about things, since I mainly use it as a quick calendar I can launch on my Mac and be done with it. Sometimes, I’ll open my Mac at home only to find a bunch of old reminders on it from iCal. I wish I’d known today’s tip sooner.

Here’s how to get rid of those alerts.

Launch iCal, and thrill to the beautiful faux-leather and paper graphic presentation. Once done, click on the iCal menu and select the Preferences item (or hit Command-comma on your keyboard). Click on the Advanced tab at the top, and then click the “Turn off all alerts” checkbox. Voilà! No more annoying popups on the Mac via iCal.

You’ll still get your reminders on the other devices you’ve set them up for, so there shouldn’t be any missed appointments. You can do this on all the Macs you use, work, home, friend’s machine, without affecting any of the others or the alerts you get on your iOS devices.

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  • Robert

    Thanks for this tip. Solved one of my problems. Maybe you have the solution for another. My appointments made on my iphone are appearing 2 times on my calendar. An not in the Ical calendar, but in my Google Calendar. It drives me nuts…

  • Karyn Wagner

    Bless you! thanks so much for this simple info that has saved me from total frustration!!

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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