Special Events is available from the Options menu.
The Special Events window is an easy way for you to manage all of the special meetings that occur during the year. All events that you add into this dialogue will automatically be included on any new schedules that you produce. When creating new schedules, the program will determine which (if any) of the events need to be included, and it will insert them automatically for you. All your special events get saved to a file on your computer and is included in any backup / restore that you perform.
Every time the window is displayed, the program will automatically list all existing events that you have entered. However, it will always exclude any events from the past. This is to ensure that the file which holds the event details does not get too large. It is assumed that all events that have already happened are no longer required.
Your changes to the event details are not actually made permanent until you click OK or Close on the Special Event Manager window!
Press Add Event to display the Special Event window. Once the details have been set, press the OK button. A warning displays if you try to add an event on the same day as another event. Otherwise, the event gets added into the event list and is automatically selected for you. Press the Cancel button if you decide you want to back out of the operation.
The window that is displayed contains the same details as those on the right in the event manager (see below).
Press Delete Event to delete the currently selected event from the list. You are asked to confirm your actions as you might have pressed the button by mistake and deleting an event will be permanent. This button is disabled when there are no events in the list or no event is actually selected.
Select the date for the special event (this is disabled if you are editing an existing event).
- Type in the description for the event (or use the dropdown list to choose one of the predefined choices).
- See notes below about the location details.
You can specify the location of the special event by using the drop down list or typing in the address:
Note that this is a dynamic dropdown list. This means that you can select locations in the drop list and press the DELETE key to remove them from the list. Also, you can type new locations into the edit box and they will be displayed in the drop list the next time the window is displayed (you must close the dialogue with OK or Close for these changes to be made permanent).
Why specify a location? It is particularly useful for when you send your event information to your Google Calendar.
For example, here is a snapshot taken from Google Calendar. The location has been specified as you can see here:
Can you see the map button (highlighted in yellow)? This will display the location on a map. For example:
This is the location of our Assembly Hall.
This information is going to be more useful for others with whom you share the calendar with.
Note that there is a facility to specify the default location for your meeting events too. This can be found in Google settings.
The editor decides which special events to include. Either:
- All events where the foreign-language group is set to None. (i.e. You are not using the foreign-language group mode).
- All events where the foreign-language group is not set to None. (i.e. You are using the foreign-language group mode).
You can specify the start / end times for your special event:
These options are disabled when the All day event option is set. These options affect the events created in your Google Calendar.
You can override the default reminder settings for each event created in your Google Calendar.
Each time you select an event in the list, the date, description and location get revised. Note that the date is always disabled. So if you want to change the event date, you must delete the existing event and add the revised event with the modified date.
Please let me know if you find this frustrating and would like the ability to directly alter the events date.
The description / location of the event can be changed to whatever you like. As soon as you change either of them, the Apply Changes and Cancel Changes buttons become enabled. So, if you want to back out, press Cancel Changes. You will not be able to add or delete events until you have either applied or cancelled your changes.
Press OK or Close to save the updated special event information to your computer.
Press Cancel if you want to abort the dialogue. If the Cancel button has changed to Close, then you can't undo any changes that you have already "applied". Note that whilst changes are not yet permanent (saved to disk) until you press OK / Close you can't undo them after "Apply Changes" has been pressed. Thus this button will change to Close to indicate that you can no longer back out of the changes already made