Mastering OS X Calendar: Open Any File On Your Own Schedule [OS X Tips]

Schedule File Open

The Mac OS X Calendar is great for a lot of things, not least of which scheduling reminders of appointments and such via the built-in alert system. But did you know that Calendar can do a lot more than that? It can alert you to an upcoming event with an Email or a Notification, and it can even open a file on schedule.

If you’ve ever wanted to open a website, MP3, or other such file on your Mac at a certain day and time, keep reading.

Launch Calendar from your Applications folder or your Dock, and create a new event. Edit the event, and then click on the pop-up menu next to “alert.” Select Open File and release the mouse. Then, click just below, where it says iCal by default, and choose a new file. You can choose any file on your computer: a music file, a bookmark to your favorite website (this one, of course!), or an application.

Imagine setting up a recurring event that opens up your favorite online multiplayer game at the same time each week, essentially reminding you that it’s time for your weekly fragfest with your buddies. Or making your Mac into a really expensive alarm clock, using a weekday recurring event to play Flight of the Valkyries at top volume every morning to get your lazy butt out of bed? The possibilities are limitless, and it’s all right there in Calendar.

Slick, right? Shoot us a comment below if you have even cooler ideas on how to use this little-known alert function in Calendar.

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