How to Use the iPad Calendar
Use the iPad’s built-in calendar to track and organize your events.
The iPad’s built-in Calendar app may appear simple, but it is hiding some very powerful features. Not only will the Calendar help you organize your events, meetings, appointments and social engagements, it can send you reminders with current traffic conditions included. It is also a universal calendar. This means it can work with other calendars, including Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar and third-party calendar apps found on the App Store. Here are some tips and tricks for using this versatile app.
How to Access the iPad Calendar App:
Checking your calendar may seem pretty clear cut. Tap on the app icon to view your calendar. But there are a few tricks you should know to get the most out of the iPad’s built-in calendar.
Open Your Calendar Quickly:
You can always hunt through page after page of app icons, but there are two quick ways of launching any app on your iPad.
- Siri is the fastest way to launch any app, including the Calendar. Simply hold down the Home Button to activate Siri and say, “Open Calendar.”
- Don’t like talking to your tablet? Spotlight Search is also a quick way to open apps without needing to scroll through all of your screens. To use Spotlight Search, slide a finger down on any empty space on your screen and Spotlight Search will open. Start tping “calendar” in the search bar and select the app icon when it appears.
Check Your Schedule without Opening the iPad Calendar:
Just want to see your next meeting? There’s no need to open the Calendar app just to check your schedule.
- Again, Siri is your friend. “Show me my schedule” will display all of your appointments for the day. You can also modify this with a date. Try: “Show me my schedule for Wednesday.”
- The iPad also has a “Today View” screen that can be accessed by swiping from the left side of the screen toward the right side of the screen while on the very first page of apps. The Today View will show you an “UP NEXT” window with your next meeting or appointment. Tapping this window will take you to the event in the Calendar app.
- The Today View is also accessible while your iPad is locked, so you don’t need to unlock your iPad to check your next meeting. You will need to unlock your iPad to view your full calendar even if you tap the event from this screen.
How to Schedule and Event on Your iPad:
By now it probably won’t surprise you to learn there are multiple ways to create an event on your schedule. You can also add a location, notes and even a website to an event. The location is important if you want to receive traffic conditions alongside your appointment.
- Siri is the quickest way to schedule an event. “Schedule a two hour meeting titled Conference Call for Tomorrow at 3 PM.” Note that you can specify the duration and the title as well as the date and time. After scheduling the event, you can tap the calendar window Siri shows you as confirmation to go straight to the event in the Calendar app.
- In the Calendar app, you can add a new event by pressing your finger on the day of the meeting. Your finger will need to be pressed against an empty area of the day box. This has the advantage of filling in the proper date.
- You can also tap the plus symbol (+) in the upper-right corner of the screen to add a blank event. You will need to set the date and time manually.
- Schedule the event to repeat every day, week, 2 weeks, month, year or custom interval by tapping Repeat.
- Choose Alert to be sent a reminder on the day of the event, one day before the event, two days before the event or one week prior to the event.
- At the bottom of the edit screen are input boxes for URL, which is the web address you want to store with the event, and a Notes field.