Saving Old Calendar Data?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by WanderingPhilosopher, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. WanderingPhilosopher macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2016
    Many years ago I experimented with creating separate calendars for separate types of events, but it got too messy and was no longer relevant, so I abandoned that system and just use one of them now.

    However, since events for the past decade and a half are assigned to many different calendars, if I delete the calendars, I'll lose those events. I'd like to be able to save them in a form that's searchable without being part of my current Calendar application. I tried using the "Archive" command, but ended up with a backup file that, when double-clicked, threatened to replace my current calendar, so that's not what I want. When I try to "Export" a calendar, I ended up with what seemed to be an importable event (or maybe it's a group of events; didn't import so don't know for sure).

    I would like to put all those old, extraneous calendars and their miscellaneous events in a separate, searchable file that is no longer part of my current Calendar application. Any ideas? For now I am just hiding the "Calendar" tab so at least I don't have to look at all the Calendars, but it is a little annoying that events synched from my iPhone are ending up in the wrong calendar, despite the fact that I checked the right one as the "default" in preferences. Also, now that there doesn't seem to be any other way to synch with my phone besides iCloud, I'd like to pare down the personal data I'm sending over storing in the Calendar.

    Thanks in advance for suggestions.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That Export... option in the menu will give you an ICS file that can be used (imported) in many different apps. So you could find some other calendar app you like and import the ICS to that. Or you could even import that ICS file in Google Calendar for example and access it from there online.
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You can find a way to convert the ics data to Excel, also.

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