iCal: Understanding symbols


Symbols next to calendars, events, and to-do items provide information about the item.

NOTE: Some symbols, such as those in the title bar of events, may not appear if the event is
too small. To make the event appear larger, drag the corner of the iCal window to enlarge it
or switch to Day view.

Calendar symbols

checkbox The events on the calendar (or on all the calendars in a calendar group) are showing in the main calendar view. (To hide the events, click to remove the checkmark.)

publish The calendar is being published on the Internet so that other people can subscribe to it using iCal. An exclamation point on this icon means the calendar had problems updating, and you should check your Internet connection.

Event Symbols

attendee You’ve added an attendee to an event but have not yet sent the event invitation. Once you send the invitation, or when people reply to your invitation, you see an additional symbol next to the people icon.

mixed response There are mixed responses to your event invitation (responses include “accepted,” “declined,” or “tentative”).

event changes In the title bar of an event: You’ve made changes to this event but haven’t notified attendees of the changes.
In the Notifications box: You haven’t yet replied to an updated event notification from another person.

cancelled The event has been canceled. The event has been canceled.The event has been canceled.

all decline In the title bar of an event: All invited guests have declined your invitation.
In the event editor: The guests indicated by the “x” have declined your invitation.

all accept In the title bar of an event: All invited guests have accepted your invitation, or you’ve accepted the event invitation from another person.
In the event editor: The guests indicated by the checkmark have accepted your invitation

tentativeIn the title bar of an event: All invited guests are tentative, or you have replied as tentative to an event invitation from another person.
In the event editor: The guests indicated by the “?” have replied to your invitation as tentative.

To-Do item Symbols

completed The to-do item has been completed. The to-do item has been completed. The to-do item has been completed.

priority Shows the priority assigned to the to-do item: one bar means “low,” two bars mean “medium,” and three bars mean “high.”

past due The to-do item is past its due date. The to-do item is past its due date.The to-do item is past its due date.

Main iCal Window symbols

ellipsis In Month view, three dots (an ellipsis) at the top of the day indicates there are more events on that day than can be shown. To see all the events in Day view,double-click the ellipsis.

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