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How to Create an Event on Your Android Tablet's Calendar

The key to making the calendar on your Android tablet work is to add events: appointments, things to do, meetings, or full-day events such as birthdays or colonoscopies. To create an event, follow these steps in the Calendar app:

  1. Select the day for the event.

    Or, if you like, you can switch to Day view, where you can touch the starting time for the new event.

  2. Touch the Add New Event icon.

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    The New Event screen or Add Event screen appears. Your job now is to fill in the blanks to create the new event.

  3. Add information about the event.

    The more information you supply, the more detailed the event, and the more you can do with it on your Android tablet and on Google Calendar on the Internet. Here are some of the many items you can set when creating an event:

    • Time/Duration: If you followed Step 1, you don't have to set a starting time. Otherwise, specify the time the meeting starts and stops, or choose to set an all-day event such as a birthday or your mother-in-law's visit that was supposed to last for an hour.

    • Event Name or Title: This item can be a meeting name, a flight number, or perhaps the person you're meeting.

    • Location: Adding an event location not only tells you where the event will be located but also hooks that information into the Maps app. Type information in the event's Where field, just as though you're typing information to search for in the Maps app. When the event is displayed, the location is a link; touch the link to see where it is on a map.

    • Repeat: Use this item to configure a recurring schedule. For example, if your meeting is every month on the third Wednesday, touch the Menu icon by the Repetition item and choose that option.

      When you have events that repeat twice a month — say, on the first and third Mondays — you need to create two separate events: one for the first Monday and another for the third. Then have each event repeat monthly.

    • Reminder: Some versions of the Calendar app allow you to set a reminder before an event begins. If you prefer not to have a reminder, touch the X button by the Reminders item to remove the reminder. Otherwise, specify how long before the meeting you want to be notified and whether you want a tablet notification or a Gmail message reminder — or both.

    • Calendar Category: Touch the colored calendar text atop the screen to choose a calendar category.

      Calendar categories are handy because they let you organize and color-code your events. They're confusing because Google calls them calendars. You can think of them more as categories.

  4. Touch the Done button or Save button to create the new event.

The new event appears on the calendar, reminding you that you need to do something on such-and-such a day with what's-his-face.

  • You can change an event at any time: Simply touch the event to bring up more information, and then touch the Edit icon to modify the event.

  • To remove an event, touch the event to bring up more information, and touch the Delete icon. Touch the OK button to confirm.

  • Setting an event's time zone is necessary only when the event takes place in another time zone or spans time zones, such as an airline flight. In that case, the Calendar app automatically adjusts the starting and stopping times for events depending on where you are.

  • If you forget to set the time zone and you end up hopping around the world, your events are set according to the time zone in which they were created, not the local time.

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  • Reminders can be set so that the tablet alerts you before an event takes place. The alert can show up as a notification icon, or it can come in the form of a new Gmail notice (which has its own notification icon). Pull down the notification shade and choose the calendar alert. You can then peruse pending events.

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