One of the great things about OS X is the stock apps that Apple has spent many years perfecting. OS X Calendar is a fantastic example of an Apple app that is packed with useful features.

Once Calendar in Yosemite is set up you can use it to add information about the events taking place in your day-to-day life. These events can contain information about the location and other people coming to the event with you, making Yosemite's Calendar a great app for organising events with other people.

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How to set up Calendar for OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite uses iCloud to store and sync events across multiple devices (such as your Mac, iPhone and iPad). It’s more than likely that you have iCloud already set up on your Mac, but you can double check:

  1. Open System Preferences (choose Apple > System Preferences).
  2. Click iCloud.
  3. Check that there is a tick in the box next to Calendars.

When you open Calendar you should see the iCloud account in the sidebar on the left. You will also see calendars for other Mail accounts you have running in OS X (such as Google or Outlook.com). These are added using Internet Accounts in System Preferences.

How to view events in Calendar for OS X Yosemite

Viewing events in OS X Calendar

Events in Calendar are viewed in the main window, which can be set to one of four different views:

  • Day. Shows just today’s events.
  • Week. Shows events from Monday to Sunday.
  • Month. Events for the month.
  • Year. This highlights days in the year with events. Click on a day to view a pop-up about the events, or double click to switch to Month view.

Looking at the new Day view in Calendar

Using the day view in Calendar Yosemite

One new feature in Calendar is the split-mode Day view. When you click on the Day icon (or press Command+1) you now see event information in the main window and a new separate pane on the right, this shows information about each event.

Click on an empty spot in the main day to create a new event. Now fill out the information about the event using the window to the right. One neat new feature worth checking out in Calendar is integration with Apple Maps. Enter the name of a place, venue or postcode and a map will appear alongside the event. You can click this to open Maps. You also get weather information below the map, so can see what the walk or drive to that event is likely to be like.

Above the map is a list of more familiar information. You can enter the Starts and Ends time, as well as Repeat and Alert information. You can also add travel time to the event, which extends the event using a separate bar.

When using the Week and Month view these information boxes are viewed in a pop-up box. We find the Day view now more useful than these views though, thanks to its dedicated sidebar.

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