Calendars#

The calendar component allows to keep track of the appointments, meetings, and events you need to attend to and share them with your colleagues.

Beside using NEW, a new appointment can be created in other ways. The first one is with a click of the mouse on the desired date and time on the calendar. The only difference is in the start (and end) date and time: by using the button, they are set to the current date and time, by clicking the calendar they are taken from the clicked date and time.

Alternatively, you can open an existing appointment, clone it, and edit only the relevant details, like for example date and time, without the necessity to create a new one and fill in all the details. This option is useful if you have to schedule recurrent events without a fixed schedule.

When an account is configured with multiple identities, it is possible to choose from which one to send the invitations: the e-mail’s sender will then be automatically filled according the identity chosen.

Attendees, whose presence is either mandatory or optional, can be added by writing their e-mail address. If the attendee already is not available or has some overlapping appointment, its e-mail address will be coloured and a message will be shown. This improves and makes easier the creation of events. Moreover, if the attendee is a distribution list, a small chevron next to the list name can be clicked to show all the members. Click the SELECT ALL ADDRESSES button to replace the distribution list with the e-mail addresses of each member.

Besides inviting attendees (internal colleagues or external people), many more information can be added to an appointment:

  • The Location where the meeting takes place (usually the town or city)

  • One or more Meeting Rooms and Equipments, if configured by the administrator, can be selected from a drop-down menu, if they are available, otherwise they are marked by an icon. In case either of them is already booked, it will be shown in the drop-down menu as well, although it can be selected even if it is booked.

    Warning

    You need to SEND an appointment to make sure that the resource is correctly booked, because otherwise the e-mail associated with the Resource is not notified.

  • Whether the appointment is private or not. If yes, no details is visible to other colleagues who have access to the calendar of the attendees.

  • The time zone, if different from the default one.

    Hint

    You need to enable this option in the Calendars module’s Creating Appointment Section.

In case the invitation was not sent or if something went wrong, the event will show up in the calendar, but marked with a red icon. The attendee can propose a new time. In this case, new e-mail will be generated and sent to the other participant to inform them of the change.

When right-clicking an event in the calendar, different actions can be carried out: open it and show all participants and details, edit, copy or move it, and its original, plain text version, can be shown. In case you only need to modify the time allocated for an event (for example you need to move it to a different time slot or change either its start or end time), you can simply move it via drag&drop to the new time or use the tiny icons at the top or bottom of the event and move them to the new start or end times. If there are other participants in the event, a new e-mail notification, that you can even modify, will automatically be sent to them.

Additionally, Tags can be added to any calendar event and the event itself can be (tentatively) accepted or declined

Searching for events is easy: insert a search string in the quick search bar to retrieve a first batch of results. By default, all matches in the past and future 30 days are shown. To broaden or restrict the search, click the ADVANCED FILTER bar and select the new start and end dates using the date pickers. Optionally, also add more keywords to search.

Manage Invitations#

When you receive an e-mail invitation to an event and open it, it will be always accompanied by a green or yellow icon:

  • green: you are available for the full duration of the event.

  • yellow: some other appointments overlap with this and you should check your schedule

This happens only on the calendars associated to the account that received the e-mail (shared calendars or other accounts are not taken into account) and if in the calendar properties the option Exclude this calendar when reporting the free/busy/time is not ticked.

Shared Calendars#

You can also search for calendars shared by your colleagues: click Shared Calendars in the left-hand side columns, then the FIND SHARES button. In the dialog that opens, enter the (partial) name of the colleague, then assign a colour, and finally click ADD.

The calendar will appear in the list of calendars, and all the appointments are shown; toggle their visibility clicking the checkbox.

You can also share your calendar with your colleagues (internal users, within the organisation) or with external persons: right-click the calendar you want to share, select share calendar and configure how you want to share it. By default, only events you marked as public will be shared; private events will never share their content, besides their status, Free or Busy. If you want to show all of a private’s event details, tick the checkbox. Then, choose the role, i.e., whether the person can only view your events, edit them (add, modify, delete), of fully manage them (accept and re-share invitations and appointments on your behalf).

To finalise the share, you can choose to send a notification to the user with whom you want to share the calendar or to add a custom message.

Calendar Export and Import#

Right click one of your calendars to download (in ICS format) all the appointments that are included in the calendar. The file will be saved in the default browser’s Downloads folder, with name composed by the calendar name and the date of download. For example, a calendar called Office Meetings exported on first of May 2024 will be called office meetings-2024-05-01.ics.

If you save a single or a recurrent event, it will be saved with the name of the event, for example an event called Team Meetings will be saved as team meetings.ics, regardless if it is a single event or a series of events

Hint

It is not possible to save a single instance of a recurrent event.

Calendar can be imported if they have been exported in ics format: right click one of your calendars to add any event to it.

Warning

If you export one of your calendars (source calendar) and import it into one of your other calendars (destination calendar), all the existing appointments in the destination calendar will be updated, but the source calendar will be emptied.

Configure a CalDAV Client#

Adding a Carbonio CE calendar to your favourite CalDAV client is straightforward and requires only a few steps. The procedure is almost identical on any client; in the box at the end of this section we mention which are the differences.

In this scenario, the user john.smith@example.com wants to configure in Mozilla’s Thunderbird a calendar called Calendar on the domain mail.example.com. In the remainder, replace these values with suitable ones.

Step 1. New Calendar

On your client, go to the Calendar and select New Calendar…. Choose On the Network

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Step 2.

Provide the Username and the Location, which has format https://<domain>/dav/username, so https://mail.example.com/dav/john.smith@example.com

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Step 3.

You will be then presented a list, from which to choose Calendar.

You are now done! the calendar will show up in the list of your client.

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Other clients

CalDAV is a standard protocol and therefore the data required to set up a client are a username, an URL, and the name of a calendar. The only difference is that some client requires that the calendar’s name be part of the URL, so you might need to provide https://mail.example.com/dav/john.smith@example.com/Calendar as the URL.