By Paula Bostrom updated on 12/10/2013
Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for the new Calendar.
I use the built-in Calendar app on my iPhone everyday. It's how I keep track of all my appointments and places I need to be. After I downloaded iOS 7, I wasn't so sure I liked the new Calendar. It still takes me longer than I like to use it the way I did before, but I found a few tips that help.
1. Change the duration of an event
In the daily view, press and hold on an event. This will highlight it and two small circles will appear above and below the box; drag a circle to change the start or end time of the event. You can only do this in 15 minute increments. So, say you have an appointment at 1:20 in the afternoon, you will have to go into the edit view to change it.
2. List view
The list view was the main way I looked at my upcoming appointments. So, when I looked at the new iOS version and couldn't find the list view I was pretty frustrated. Eventually, I was pleased to discover I could get the list view back by tapping the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the Calendar.
3. Upcoming months
In the previous version of Calendar you had to tap a forward arrow to see the next month. And, tap, tap, tap to see the next three months. Now to see a date happening next month or next year, you just scroll down. It's a quicker way to find out what day Christmas falls on next year.
4. See/Add Calendar Events from text messages
A nice new feature of Calendar is the ability to add Calendar links to dates and keywords like tonight and tomorrow. If I send my husband a text, he can quickly add the date to his calendar.