The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

TMO Quick Tip - iCal: Scroll By Days in Week View

by , 7:30 AM EDT, May 30th, 2008

One of the pleasant little surprises tucked away in Apple's recent Mac OS X 10.5.3 update is a new iCal feature I've been wishing for since the scheduling app was released: The ability to scroll a day at a time in iCal's Week View. Changing the setting is quick and easy, and vastly improves the usability of iCal's Week View.

To change from scrolling by weeks to scrolling by days, do this:

  • Launch iCal.
  • Select iCal > Preferences.
  • Click the General tab.
  • Choose Days from the Scroll in week view by pop-up menu.


Scroll through weeks a day at a time in iCal.

Now you can scroll through your iCal calendars in single day increments instead of week increments in the Week View. That means if you want to look at your schedule from Thursday through Wednesday instead of Sunday through Saturday, you can.

It also means that you can easily view multi-day events that span from the end of one week to the beginning of the next week. Previously, you were limited to viewing only part of multi-week schedules.

iCal's scroll by day option for Week View is a great addition and one that I'm already using regularly. It's also a feature that should have been available when Apple first introduced iCal, and one that's been available in the antiquated Palm Desktop application pretty much forever.


Jeff Gamet is TMO's Morning Editor and Reviews Editor. He lectures, teaches and speaks on Mac OS X and design-related topics, and is the author of The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X from Peachpit Press.

if you have tips or tricks to share, or Mac-related questions you want answered.

Recent Headlines - Updated December 18th

Thu,11:29 AM
iOS 8 Mail: Customizing Swipe Gestures
9:08 AM
Apple Raises $20M in 2014 Product (RED) Campaign
Wed,5:50 PM
Hit List 2.0 Task Manager Checks Off Syncing, iPhone 6 Interface
5:44 PM
ACM 285: Apple’s iPod Lawsuit Victory and Tag Heuer’s Smart Watch Plans
5:20 PM
STM Harbour iPhone 6 Case is Colorful, Lightweight and Inexpensive
5:16 PM
Register for TMO’s Apple Watch Giveaway
4:15 PM
Apple Pay: a List of Brick-and-Mortar Stores That Accept it
1:13 PM
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-17
11:32 AM
Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen
9:48 AM
Falling Ruble Ruins iPhone Christmas in Russia
8:50 AM
Pages: Adding and Formatting Links within Text
Tue,8:56 PM
TAG Heuer Announces Plans for Mechanical Smartwatch
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!