Cannot delete recurring event in iCal

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  1. petteri macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2006

    My wife is having trouble deleteing a recurring iCal event. This is under Leopard. The calendar was published on .mac. I took that away. Tried to delete but that didn't work. I can't delete one instance or the entire series of events. :( Any ideas? Thanks!
  2. petteri thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2006
    Anyone got any ideas to solve this? Or has anyone had a similar problem? :eek:
  3. bethtib macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    Cannot delete recurring event in iCal

    I just created a new iCal calendar (Leopard) by importing from my Palm calendar via Missing Sync. I had the same problem - could not delete a recurring event (by selecting the event and hitting the delete key). I created a new event (single day) and I could delete that. I created a new recurring (2 day) event and could delete that. At that point, I *could* delete the old recurring event.
    Hope this helps others.
  4. gmohr macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    Still can't delete

    I also have a repeating event that I can't delete. The suggestion to create a new event and then delete didn't work for me. Can you be more specific?
  5. bethtib macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    I don't know that what I did actually fixed anything, it just started working after I did those two things: creating a single-day event, and delete with the delete key, and create a repeating 2-day event, and delete that with the delete key. Didn't make any sense, but somehow I can now delete every recurring event that's I've tried to delete. Sorry.
  6. gmohr macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    Export and import

    I exported the calendar with the event I couldn't delete then imported it into a new calendar. Then I was able to delete.
  7. sparker macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2006
  8. rmhuk macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2009
    Possible solution

    I think I've found a solution for deleting an 'un-deletable' recurring entry from iCal.

    First, type the title of the offending entry into the search box in iCal. This will display all the individual entries at the bottom of the screen. Check they all refer to the offending entry and then select them all. Finally press delete for all of the entries.

    I don't know exactly why the problem occurred, but it could be because the start year for the first entry is a long way back (the entry I had problems with went back to 1916).
  9. southerndoc macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I've experienced this bug a few times, usually after upgrading operating systems. The only solution is to delete the calendar and start all over. (At least that's the only solution I've found, even after talking with MobileMe and Apple technical support.)
  10. sososowhat macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2003
    Palo Alto, CA
    This worked for me too. Deleting a single entry after search didn't work, but after selecting all of them it did.
  11. hoylen macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2009
    Delete the first repeating event

    I had a similar problem. When deleting a repeating event (and selecting "delete all future events") the event is deleted, but after a few seconds the event(s) will reappear in iCal.

    What worked for me is to locate the "head" of the event (i.e. the first instance) and to delete that. Searching for the name of the event is one way to locate that first instance of the event.

    When you "delete all future events" it does that, but then it detects the earlier event is repeating, so it recreates the repetitions of it. Normally, it updates the original repeat entry to indicate that you have deleted some of them. But in this case that does not happen properly, so the event does not stay deleted.
  12. MacManNM macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2008
    Solution to not being able to delete events/ calendars

    I just discovered this potential solution to issue of deleted ical events that keep coming back:

    I just found a solution: Go into iSync, (use macintosh HD, applications), then go to Preferences. Turn off iSync (uncheck enable syncing on this computer). Then Reset Sync History (be sure to push Reset Sync History on second screen too). Then logoff/logon or reboot. Then you can delete calendar events or calendars or whatever you need. If you need to sync again, just go into iSync and re-enable syncing. The problem does not seem to come back. I tried all the other solutions posted and none worked except for this one.
  13. rogoff macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2009

    thanks - i've managed to delete them at last! i had to select and delete them a few times but they went eventually. you don't know how long this has been bugging me :D
  14. kaybee01 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    can't type

    very very new to mac...a relative gave me an imac G4 10.4.11 so am just learning. I tried using the iCal application but it won't let me type in information. Can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong?
  15. kate2010 macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2010
    >>What worked for me is to locate the "head" of the event (i.e. the first instance) and to delete that. <<

    After trying all previous suggestions without any success - trying to delete a repeating event - this worked for me. I had to go back three months to the original request, but it worked.
    Thank you.
    Kate :)
  16. RobDee macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Getting rid of repeating events that you accepted the invite for.

    I found an easy way:

    1. Create New Calendar (I called mine "bad word", because of frustrations).

    2. ctrl-click on repeating event and select the "bad word" calendar. It should now be assigned the "bad word" calendar colour.

    3. Delete the "bad word" calendar.

    (OS 10.6.8)

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