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iCal 5.x: Back up or restore calendars and reminder lists

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Back up or restore iCal calendars and reminder lists

You can save a copy of all your iCal calendars (including events) and reminder lists in case you later want to restore them to a previous state.

If you previously saved a copy of your iCal calendars somewhere on your Mac, such as on your desktop or in your Documents folder, and you had Time Machine turned on, the copy is saved in your Time Machine backups. You can restore your calendars from that copy.

Back up your iCal calendars and reminder lists

  1. In iCal, choose File > Export > iCal Archive.
  2. Name the backup file and choose where you want to keep it.

Restore your calendars and reminder lists from a saved backup

  1. In iCal, choose File > Import > Import.
  2. Locate your saved iCal file and click Import.

    When you restore the backup version, any changes you made since the backup are lost.

Restore your calendars and reminder lists from an iCal Archive file that was included in a Time Machine backup

If you use Time Machine and you saved a copy of your iCal calendars and reminder lists (in an iCal Archive file) somewhere on your computer but later deleted the file, you can use Time Machine to recover it.

  1. Open the location where your iCal file was placed.

    For example, if the file was located in your Documents folder, open the Documents folder. If the file was located on your desktop, you don’t need to open anything.

  2. Click the Time Machine icon in the Dock, or open Time Machine from the Time Machine menu in the menu bar.
  3. Using the arrows and the timeline along the right edge of your screen, browse through the Time Machine backups until you find the iCal calendar file.
  4. Select the file, and then click Restore.

    The restored file is returned to its original location. For example, if the file is found in the Documents folder in Time Machine, it is returned to the Documents folder on your computer.

  5. In iCal, choose File > Import > Import.
  6. Locate the iCal file, and then click Import.

For more information about Time Machine, see this help topic:

Last Modified: Nov 6, 2013
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