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This page contains a few helpful tips and tricks for customizing your calendar. If you have anything you feel would be useful to others, please feel free to contribute to this page. You can email Contact us


IDT Include Files
IDT include file are commonly used for Holidays, Moon Phases, Birthdays, Paydays etc. You can create these files yourself. They are simply text files that end with a .IDT extension. You place these files into the the directory that contains your calendar files. You should find a couple of .IDT files distributed with your calendar software. You optionally choose to include these IDT data files onto your calendars from the Administration Add-Ins calendar page. IDT Details will describe how to create your own files. Below are some idt files you can download and use.
  • moonphas.idt (2001-2020 Full and New moon phases)
  • smoon.idt (2001-2020 Full, New, 1st quarter and 3rd quarter)
  • solar.idt (2001-2020 Equinoxes, Solstices, etc.)
  • moongif.zip An idt file with Graphical moon icons for the lunar phases.
  • christho.idt Christian Holidays (2010-2030)
  • ushol.idt US Holidays (1999-2020)

iFrames to embed calendars in web pages
iFrames permit your web pages to pull the contents of other web pages into table cells and other html structures. This allows dynamic calendars to be part of your web page content. Here are a couple of examples of what can be done with this technique.

Embed a mini calendar

Embed a full week community calendar

Displaying the source of these web pages will show how iFrames are used to accomplish the effect.
Adding Graphical Images
Adding graphical images to your calendar is easy to accomplish. It is requires embedding a small amount of html into the text that is to appear on the calendar. The images to appear can be located anywhere, but it is easiest if you put these images into the iCal installation folder.
Example for an image in your calendar directory
This code will work because the image ical2.jpg is installed with iCal program. Use this as the text for a calendar event.

<IMG SRC="/ical2.jpg"> Cool!

Example for an image located somewhere on the network

<IMG SRC="http://www.brownbearsw.com/images/penguin.gif"> Cool! `


Side Bar Menu
There is a clever trick that can be used to get a menu along the left side of your calendar. This is accomplished by putting html code in the calendar header and footer. Below are samples for the header and footer. You can customize these to your own needs. Sample Menu Calendar is the result of using the header and footer code below.

This goes in the calendar header
</table>
<table width="100%" background="/images/background.jpg">
<tr><td>Side Bar Content goes here...</td>
<td><table>

This goes in the calendar footer
</table>
Yes, the table tags don't match up; the calendar generates some that fit together with these. You may need to experiment a bit to get it looking right :-)
iCalMinder: A COOL little program to alert you of upcoming events
This is slick little program donated by Gary Bishop gb@cs.unc.edu. Feel free to send Gary compliments on this program! It is a small Windows application program that runs in the system tray. It will monitor any iCal calendar for upcoming events. Download iCalMinder.exe and start the program. Right click on the calendar tray icon for help. Sweet and simple! You are also welcome to the iCalMinderSrc.zip source code.