Spark for Mac

5.24. Use Calendar in Spark

Spark has a built-in calendar allowing you to manage your events and see how busy you are. Spark supports the Gmail, Exchange, and iCloud calendars associated with your email accounts. For example, adding your Gmail account enables Spark to display and manage your Google Calendar.

Note: If you want to add an iCloud calendar to Spark, and your Apple ID is linked to an email from Gmail, Outlook, or other providers, check this article.

Selecting the calendars to display

By default, Spark enables calendars for all the accounts you added. To hide some of your calendars, open Spark Preferences > Calendar > Enable calendar for and untick the accounts you don’t need.

To set a default calendar, go to Spark Preferences > Calendar > Default Calendar and choose the needed one from the list. All new events are added to your default calendar, but you can manually change the calendar for a specific event.

Viewing and managing calendars

Your calendars are available in the Calendar section on the left sidebar. You can choose the day, week, or month view on the top toolbar. To switch between days, weeks, or months, use arrows at the top right or swipe the calendar. Click on the event to see its details.

To see the events for the selected account, click on the Calendar icon and tick the calendars you need. Use Select all or Hide all to quickly show or hide all calendars belonging to one account.

To find an existing event in your calendar, click on the Search icon at the top right and type your query. Spark shows all past and future events with the chosen keyword in their names. To clear the search results, click on the cross icon at the top right.

Creating an event

To add an event to your calendar, jump to the Calendar section on the left sidebar and click on the plus icon at the top left. Type a short event description and press Enter.

Note: Spark understands natural language; you can type, “meeting Monday 7 pm,” and it will schedule the right time.

The new event is created in your default calendar. To change the calendar for this event, click on the calendar name at the top and choose the one you need.

Now, you can edit the event details. You can change the event name, start and end time, add notes, alerts, and location. To change the calendar for this event, click on your email address and choose the one you need.

To invite other people to your event, click Add Attendee, start typing the name or email, and choose a person from your list. The people you invite will be notified via email. When you’re finished editing, click Create or Send (if you’ve added other attendees).

Spark allows you to create recurring events. While editing an event, click Repeat and choose the event frequency. You can repeat an event every day, week, month, or year. Click Custom for more advanced settings. For example, you can repeat your event every two days or every three weeks on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Click Ends to decide when your recurring event should end. There are three options: An event can be never ending or end after a certain date or a certain number of times.

Note: You can always edit an existing event. Find the event in your calendar, click on it, and press Edit at the top right. Make changes to the event and click Update.

Deleting an event

To remove an event, press on it and click on theDelete icon at the top right.

Managing notifications

To receive calendar notifications in Spark, go to Spark Preferences > Calendar > Notifications, and tick Enabled. To set the default notifications for your events, click New event alert. You can choose up to five alerts for one event, e.g. the first notification 10 minutes before an event, the second one at the exact time of an event, etc. All new events will be created with the chosen alert options.

Click New all day event alert to adjust notifications for events lasting the whole day. Spark can send you a notification one, two, or seven days before an event. Click All day Event Alert Time to specify the time when you want to receive a notification.

Changing the calendar appearance

To customize the calendar view, go to Spark Preferences > Calendar. You can choose the day to start the week on by clicking Start week on. For example, if you choose Sunday, it will be displayed as the first day of week in the week view.

Spark can show you the weather forecast in calendar’s day view. To enable this feature, tick Enabled in Show weather in the Day view.

Note: To allow Spark to update weather forecasts, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Location Services, and tick Spark.

You can customize other calendar options in Spark Preferences > Calendar.

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