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4. FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Here you'll find some frequently asked questions about "UK's Kalender" and of course their corresponding answers.

I have a new computer. How can I transfer all my events from my old computer to the new one?

There are plenty of options to accomplish this task, but I'll only explain the simplest and safest.

Install the calendar on the new computer. If possible, use the setup file for this and not the zip version. The zip version is intended for use as a portable application from an USB drive and may cause trouble if used as a fixed installation. Try to install the calendar under the same user account it will be run from later on.

Connect an USB drive to the old computer. Open the calendar on the old computer. Choose "File / Event File / Save as" from the menu and save the event file to the USB drive. After that, you can remove the USB drive from the old computer.

Connect the USB drive to the new computer. Open the calendar and choose "File / Event File / Merge..." from the menu. Select the event file you have just saved from the USB drive. All the events should be transferred to your new computer now.

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The calendar does not keep new events. Every time I restart my computer, all the events are gone.

This happens, if the calendar does not know where the event file is located. This may be the case if you use the portable zipped version as if it was a fixed installation. Therefore, use the setup version whenever possible. This error may also happen, if the calendar is running under a different user account than it was installed under.

First of all you'll have to find a suitable place for the event file. A good place is the "My Documents" folder on Windows XP or the "Documents" folder in the libraries of Windows 7. It's also a good idea to create an additional subfolder named "Calendar" or something like that. Now choose "File / Event File / Save as..." from the menu and save the file to the new location as "Dates.dat". For testing purposes you can now also add an event.

Now choose "Extras / Options..." from the menu. On the tab "Program Start" there is a section "Initial Event File". Choose the option "Standard File" and select the just saved event file using the "..." button. To see if everything is working now, you'll have to restart the calendar. Choose "File / Exit" from the menu. Using the normal "Close" button at the top right of the window is not enough. This button will only minimize the calendar into the task bar next to the clock. Now start the calendar again. If everything is OK your test event should appear.

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I receive lots of reminders for already done events.

This can happen if you set the clock to a point rather far in the past and then back to the current date. Another possible reason is, that the computer loses its time due to a depleted CMOS battery. All events from this point in the past will then be marked as pending, causing the reminder flood.

Normally, you'll receive a warning from the calendar that the clock was adjusted by a large time span and that it might be a good idea to disable the automatic date check. You should accept this offer as it will save you the hassle with the reminders. If for any reason this warning did not appear, you'll have to manually mark the due events as done. Beforehand, you should of course fix the cause for this error, e.g. replacing the CMOS battery if necessary and adjusting the clock to the current time.

From the menu, choose "Extras / Reset Event States" and acknowledge the warning message. This will immediately fix the error. If you have problems accessing the menu, close the reminder window with the normal "Close" button at the top right corner of the window. Now you have 30 seconds to reset the event states.

If the former described method does not work, you can also reset the events directly in the reminder window. In the reminder, click on the "Extend" button at the bottom right corner of the window. A list of all due events will appear. Now click somewhere inside this list and press Ctrl+A. This will select all due events and the display will change to "X of X events selected". Finally, press the "Done" button to mark all selected events as done.

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The synchronization of events over the network does not work properly. I get strange errors like suddenly vanishing or reappearing events etc.

Unfortunately, the network setup is quite error prone. But if you follow a few important hints also mentioned in the manual, chapter 3.2.2 and chapter 3.4, a trouble free operation can certainly be achieved. The most important points are summarized here.

On all computers the same version of the calendar must be installed. Usually the most recent version is a good choice.

Each of the calendar installations requires one private event file and one separate shared event file. The private event file has to be entered under "Extras / Options..." on the tab "Program Start", option "Standard file". The shared event file must be entered on the tab "Network", usually as "Shared file on the intranet". In no case must these two entries point to the same file! Always two separate files are required! The calendar always requires a private event file ("Standard file") and it is not allowed to enter the shared event file here. The shared event file should be of course the same for all installations of UK's Kalender. This shared event file is then used for synchronizing the events between the different installations of the calendar.

To start with the network feature, the shared event file must be initially an empty file. You may not use an already existing local event file as the shared file. To create a new empty event file, choose "File / Event File / New" from the menu and save it to disk using "File / Event File / Save as...". After that, you should restart the calendar or reload the previous event file.

For experienced users: If a previously created private event file was already used as shared event file, you can try to fix the error as follows: Shut down all running calendars on all participating computers by using "File / Exit" from the menu. There should be no Kalender icon next to the clock anymore. Now create a completely empty file with zero bytes size (not an empty event file), name it as the shared event file and replace the current shared event file with the completely empty file. Now start one calendar. A fail-safe routine will rebuild the shared event file from scratch. Finally, you can start all other calendars of the network.

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I'd like to have different / additional icons for my schedules.

You can copy your own icons into the "icons" folder of your calendar installation. After restarting the calendar, the icons will be available for your events.

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The calendar shows all times in 12 hour format, but I'd like to have them in 24 hour format.

In case you language was not correctly detected during the installation, please choose the correct language under "Extras / Options..." on the "Misc" tab first. Restart your calendar then to make the changed interface take effect.

If the 24h format is the usual time format in your chosen language, it is sufficient to open the format settings under "Extras / Internal Formats..." and to press the "Default" buttons on each tab. All entries will be reset to their respective default settings, then. This way also the 24h format should be selected.

If this procedure doesn't work for you, you can of course still manually adjust the settings on each of the "Internal Formats" tabs. Just replace all entries of the type %I:%M %p by %H:%M. This is the default format for 24 hour display.

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With a birthday event, how can I display the age of the person?

This is not as difficult as it sounds and actually also mentioned in the manual, though possibly not easy enough to find.

For birthday events it's best to create a separate category by choosing "Extras / Categories..." from the menu and filling the template with the following settings:

To enter a new birthday, simply select the category "Birthday", enter the name of the person before the already existing description and select the actual date of birth (including the year!) as start date. "UK's Kalender" will show up the correct age of the person, e.g. "Peters 39. Birthday".

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