Mastering OS X Calendar: Change The Time You Get Notified Of All Day Events [OS X Tips]


Calendar Default Event Time

When you create a Calendar event, you have the option to have your Mac notify you of that event before it happens. In the case of an all-day event, however, you don’t have an easy option to change the time of day you’ll get the notification.

It can be done, however, with a little digging into the filesystem and a configuration file, letting you change the time of day you’re notified by default for all-day events.

First up, head to the Finder and hit the Command-Shift-G keys on your keyboard. Type or paste the following path into the resulting dialog box: ~/Library/Calendars/. In my own Calendars folder, there were a bunch of other folders, all named with odd combinations of numbers and letters. What we’re looking for is a file called EventAllDayAlarms.icsalarm. I found it in the folder that was last modified today, but you may not be able to search for this file in your Finder search bar.

Open the folder that ends with .caldav to start. If the file isn’t in there, then open the other ones until you find it. Open it in TextEdit or a similar text editing program, like TextWrangler.

Once you’ve gotten EventAllDayAlarms.icsalarm open, you’ll see a line that says something like:


This tells your Mac to Notify you 15 hours before the date of the all-day event, which is measured starting at midnight of the calendar day. You can set this to be an actual time of day, or set it to a negative value to have Calendar remind you of your event a certain number of hours before the day, as well. For example,


Will notify you at 7AM of the day in question.


Will notify you 4 hours before your event’s date, so basically at 8 pm the evening before.

Now you can choose when that notification comes in for your all-day events, instead of just living with whatever OS X chooses for you.

Source: Macworld Hints


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