Using the Calendar

Windows Calendar, a separate application in Windows Vista, has become a feature of Windows Live Mail in Windows 7 . To get to it, click Calendar in the lower left corner of Windows Live Mail. The calendar feature is an easy-to-use scheduling application that can display multiple calendars (yours and your spouse's, for example). If you are signed in with a Windows Live ID, the calendar you work with from within Windows Live Mail is synchronized with the Calendar web service in Windows Live. In the latter context, on the web, you can share your calendar with selected other users and subscribe to public calendars (arts calendars, calendars of athletic events, notices of public meetings, and so on); subscribed calendar information can be updated automatically at specified time intervals. The web-service calendar also includes to-do list and agenda functions that are absent in the Windows Live Mail calendar.

Initially, three calendars are included: one for your appointments and events, a second for birthdays that you have entered in your contacts records, and a third for your country's holidays. The names of these calendars appear in the left pane of the window, with check boxes:

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Calendars are color-coded. If you don't like the default color for a calendar, click its name and choose Properties . To hide a calendar, clear its check box. To add a calendar, click the drop-down arrow beside New, at the left edge of the toolbar, and then choose Calendar. To delete a calendar, click its name and choose Delete (note that the birthday calendar cannot be deleted; if you don't want it, hide it).

Entering an appointment is straightforward: select the appropriate calendar location, and click New on the toolbar. In the New Event form you'll find, in addition to the customary date and time fields, a versatile set of recurrence and reminder options . If you are signed in with your Windows Live ID, you can specify that your reminders be sent to any combination of your e-mail address, Windows Live Messenger, or your mobile device . To express your wishes in this regard, open the menu (press Alt+M or click the Menus icon) and choose Deliver My Reminders To .

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