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Steps to Follow

  1. Make sure the 'Export to iCal...' dialog is visible.
  2. Make sure the 'Entry' tab is selected.

    Figure 1
    Figure 1: The 'Export to iCal...' dialog's 'Entry' tab.
  3. Change the 'Entry Title' text as desired.

    See Substituion Rules section for details on how the subsitutions work.

    NOTE: If you have previously done an export and want to make sure your description settings take effect on those existing entries, select the 'Update all existing entries' radio button in the 'Advanced' tab.
  4. Change the 'Entry Description' text as desired.

    See Substituion Rules section for details on how the subsitutions work.

    NOTE: If you have previously done an export and want to make sure your description changes take effect on those existing entries, select the 'Update all existing entries' radio button in the 'Advanced' tab.
  5. Click the 'Export' button.

Substituion Rules

As implied by the interface in Figure 1, a number of substituions occur when creating or updating an entry. The following table details each substitution rule.

Table 1: Substitution rule details. The examples use an Address Book card for a person named "Joe Schmo", whose nickname is "JS", and whose date-of-birth is "January 1, 1970". You system's date is currently "January 2, 2003".
Format Substitution Example Format String Resulting String
%f The person's first name. %f's Birthday Joe's Birthday
%l The person's last name. %f %l's Birthday Joe Schmo's Birthday
%n The person's nickname. %n's Birthday JS's Birthday
%a The person's age on their next birthday. If the date type is not a birthday but an anniversary, it would be the number of years on their next anniversary.

This rule only makes sense to use if you are exporting without recurrence enabled.

%f %l's age is %a. Joe Schmo's age is 24.
%d The person's date of birth. %f %l was born on %d. Joe Schmo was born on January 1, 1970.
%t The date time of the date being exported. %f %l's %t Joe Schmo's Birthday
%N Short cut for the combination of "%f %l". %N's %t Joe Schmo's Birthday
%c The Address Book's date label for the date from the card. For anniversaries and birthdays, the date label is Anniversary and Birthday respectively. For any other custom date label, it will be the custom date label defined for the card.

In the following example, assume "Joe Schmo" has a custom date with a label, "Jane", for his daughter. The "Jane" date label has been assigned to the "Birthday" date type. Read the date types help information to learn how to assign date types to a date label.

%c's %t from %N's card Jane's Birthday from Joe Schmo's card
%s A customizable Substitution Rule used during export. The Substitution Rule is assigned to a date label, Birthday and Anniversary for example, not to an individual card or date from a card. Each Date Type has a default Substitution Rule. The default Substitution Rule for a Date Type applies to all associated Address Book date labels initially. You can override the Substitution Rule for any Address Book date label by double-clicking over existing substitution rule in the 'Manage Date Types...' dialog. For more information, read about managing date types.

In the following example, Substitution Rule (%s) for the birthday date label has the value of %N.

%s's %t Joe Schmo's Birthday

Other Information

If you cancel, your export settings are not saved.