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Calendar Views

Fantastical provides two ways to view your events and tasks.

Mini Window

Video: Using the Mini Window

The Mini Window sits in your menu bar — accessible at any time with a keyboard shortcut — and provides a list of upcoming events, an input field for quickly adding new items, and tools for conveniently editing, searching, and reviewing your entire calendar.

Mini Window

The Mini Window can be detached from the menu bar by clicking on the search/input bar at the top and dragging it where you need it. You can reattach the window to the menu bar by dragging it back to the Fantastical menu bar icon, or by choosing Attach Mini Window from the Action menu at the bottom.

You can also anchor the Mini Window to keep it visible when switching to other apps. Use "Keep Mini Window in Front" in the Action menu, or use the shortcut ⌃⌘A.

To change the view in the Mini Window, click the menu button in the bottom left corner. You can choose between the day, week, month, quarter, and task views.

Mini Window

The Mini Window can be easily navigated with just the keyboard. See the Keyboard Shortcuts section for more information.

Full Calendar Window

Video: Calendar Views on the Mac

The Full Calendar Window provides an overview of your entire calendar, with day, week, month, quarter and year views. The sidebar shows a mini calendar for the month and a summary of all events related to the current view.

Full calendar window

Availability indicators

Fantastical uses visual cues to indicate how appointments affect your reported availability when other users query your calendar service:

  • A solid dot means that other users of your shared calendar system will be told that you are “busy.”
  • A circle means that other users scheduling an event will be told that you are free, even if the event they are scheduling overlaps with yours.
  • A “forbidden” sign means that you expressly set your status to “unavailable” at that time.
  • A dotted circle means that you might be available at that time.

Please note that not all calendar services support all statuses.

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